Choosing a school for your child is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. As you explore your options and encounter Montessori, you may wonder if it could be the right fit for your child. Montessori schools are successful for students of all learning styles, since they are centered on self-paced learning. However, there are things to consider about Montessori as a family before you make your choice. Here is what you need to know.
Parents with active children frequently worry about how their children will do in the classroom, and when visiting a Montessori school, you may see a classroom of quiet, hardworking students. However, Montessori actually allows and encourages much more movement than a traditional classroom. Students are allowed to get up and move around as they need to, unlike traditional schools, where opportunities to move are limited and scheduled. Students who need to move around a lot to feel comfortable and focused can thrive in Montessori schools.
Home Discipline Style
Some people envision Montessori classrooms as completely child-led, without rules or restrictions, but this is not the case. If you don’t have rules in your home, then your child may face a period of adjustment when coming into the Montessori classroom, just as they would in traditional school. On the other hand, if your home is very regimented, then your child may at first find it difficult to manage his or her behavior with the freedom in Montessori programs. Keep in mind, these adjustments periods are usually temporary, but many families are surprised when they do occur.
There is a place for all learning styles in Montessori classrooms. Children learn at the pace that works for them, in the way that works for them. Different learning styles co-exist and thrive in Montessori schools.
Are you considering Montessori education for your child? At The Montessori School, we are happy to answer all of your questions and arrange a school tour. Call us in North Dallas at (469) 685-1732 or in Allen at (972) 908-5055 to learn more.