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Why Aren't Grades Given by Montessori Teachers?

One thing about the Montessori approach that often surprises parents is that students are not given grades. The lack of grades in Montessori schools isn’t about creating a lax environment but rather about creating an attitude toward learning that is centered on self-motivation and mastery of a subject.

Montessori teachers don’t give grades to avoid creating a learning environment that is geared towards teaching to a test. When students are graded, they tend to focus only on the information on which they will be evaluated, rather than the totality of a subject. This allows students to squeak by without fully understanding something. Grades also rob students of the joy of learning, since it forces them to focus on meeting a numerical standard.

At The Montessori School, we welcome your questions about the Montessori approach as you make important choices for your child’s education. If you are interested in learning more, call (972) 908-5055 to speak to our Montessori school in Allen, or call (469) 685-1732 to talk to someone at our school in Dallas.

An Introduction to Montessori Terminology

If you are considering Montessori school for your child, the first thing you will want to do is educate yourself about the Montessori approach. In doing so, it can helpful to be familiar with some basic Montessori terminology as you do your research. Here are some terms you need to know.

Absorbent Mind

The absorbent mind is a major concept in Montessori education, because it recognizes the ability of a young child to absorb things as a way of learning. The belief is that the brain undergoes tremendous change during this period, which makes it extremely capable of learning new information. The child’s brain, up until about age six, absorbs massive amounts of information from the environment around it naturally and without focused effort. Under the Montessori approach, a rich learning environment is provided for children at this age to encourage them to absorb as much information as possible.

Control of Error

The materials in Montessori classrooms are designed to provide the learners with instant feedback, so that the ability to make and control mistakes is all within the child’s hands. Students in Montessori classrooms self-correct themselves as they learn, rather than being assessed and corrected by adults. This increases the child’s confidence in his or her own ability to be a self-motivated, independent learner.

Three-Period Lesson

Montessori teachers introduce information in three steps. The first step is the introduction to the concept. The second step involves the child demonstrating that he or she can recognize on sight what was shown to him or her. The third step is recall and requires the child to remember the name of what was introduced.

At The Montessori School, we’re invested in instilling a lifelong love of learning and deep sense of self-confidence in all our learners. Find out more about the Montessori difference for yourself by visiting one of our schools. To arrange a visit to our Montessori school in Allen, call (972) 908-5055, and to visit our North Dallas school, call (469) 685-1732.

Understanding the Basics of Montessori Education

Montessori education is often misunderstood. It doesn’t mean that children play unsupervised or undirected all day, and it doesn’t mean that they aren’t required to meet the same educational benchmarks as traditional schools. The difference in Montessori school and other elementary schools is the approach. This video explains more.

Montessori classrooms are designed according to the principles of Maria Montessori and are based on the idea that children have an enormous ability to absorb information through self-education. Multi-aged classrooms are designed so that children can direct their own learning, while teachers help to keep them on task.

The Montessori School is pleased to offer Montessori education to children from infancy through elementary school. To learn about Montessori school enrollment in Dallas, please call (469) 685-1732, or contact our Allen location at (972) 908-5055.

The Role of Music and Movement in the Montessori Primary Curriculum

Music and movement play a central role in the Montessori classroom. For primary-aged children, music and movement are ways to develop everything from fine motor skills to confidence. In the primary program at our Montessori school, music and movement are part of each day.

Children in primary education have a unique ability to appreciate and understand music, and their brains are at the perfect stage of development to absorb different sounds, melodies, and rhythms. Playing with different instruments introduces children to different cultures. Naturally, music creates an opportunity to move as well, as kids dance to beats they hear. This movement encourages expression and exploration while allowing kids to build gross and fine motor skills.

At The Montessori School, we embrace the Montessori approach throughout all of our programs, from our daycare to our primary school. Find out more about our Montessori school in Dallas by calling (972) 985-8844 or in Allen at (972) 727-2800.

A Look at the Principles of Montessori Education

Montessori education differs in many ways from traditional schools and can have a profound impact on the way your child learns for life. Montessori schools are all designed around Maria Montessori’s method of educating children, which she based on extensive research into how children develop and learn. Schools operate around five core principles that define the Montessori approach to education.

Respect for the Child

Respecting each child is the foundation upon which Montessori education is built. In the Montessori classroom, teachers respect children by allowing them to learn and make choices for themselves. Instead of instructing, correcting, and assessing, teachers are there to guide children as they explore their own interests.

The Absorbent Mind

The Montessori philosophy is that children don’t need a formal instruction session to learn. Instead, their naturally absorbent minds involuntarily retain information from the environment around them. Learning is something that happens without any specially directed efforts.

Sensitive Periods

A sensitive period is one in which a child is particularly open to learning a certain set of skills. Sensitive periods are tied to a unique skill. For instance, during a child’s sensitive period to writing, he or she will learn writing more easily than at any other time. All children experience sensitive periods, but they don’t necessarily have them in the same order or at the same point in their lives. Teachers in Montessori classrooms look for signs of sensitive periods so they can guide children towards activities that make use of this special learning ability.

The Prepared Environment

Montessori school classrooms are prepared environments. This means that they are equipped with things that allow children to learn for themselves and move freely to explore. This includes the use of child-sized materials and a variety of learning tools so that education can truly be active and child-driven.

Auto-education

Auto-education underpins most of the practices in the Montessori classroom. Children are able to auto-educate, or self-educate, if they are in a prepared environment in which they have freedom of choice. The teacher’s role is to facilitate auto-education for the students.

Our educators at The Montessori School are available to answer your questions about Montessori daycare, primary, and elementary education. Call our Allen campus at (972) 908-5055 or our North Dallas location at (469) 685-1732.

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