Montessori School – How to Decide if It’s Right for My Child
About Montessori Education
Montessori is the learning program developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1907. She learned, through research, that children teach themselves; and her program provides a learning environment that fosters individual concepts and task mastering. Montessori schools are typically available for children two to six years old, and are offered in a setting similar to daycare (however, some Montessori schools will offer classes that extend through middle school). Montessori encourages children to learn using all five senses; and instead of focusing on pretend play, children are taught through actual play. For example, instead of playing with a child-sized kitchen, the children will get opportunities to use a safe, life-sized kitchen.
The benefits of Montessori school include:
- child-led learning.
- the fostering of exploration and independent learning.
- various work centers, and the children to decide which leaning module they’d like to work on.
- no set curriculum.
- multi-age grouping.
- open schedule – with three-hour work periods.
- the concept of “teach by teaching, not by correcting.”
The disadvantages to consider, before enrolling your child, include:
- the larger class sizes.
- the teacher-student ratios.
- the lack of report cards and standardized assessments.
- the expensive of tuition, compared to other schooling options.
If you choose to send your child to a Montessori school, make sure the school you’ve chosen is affiliated with and accredited by a Montessori organization. Tour the school and talk with your child’s teacher to determine if it is the right fit for your family.