The Montessori Advantage
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
The Montessori approach provides an artfully designed environment where your child’s innate desire and ability to explore and to learn can take off. Properly fanned, the light in your child that is a love of learning will burn brightly. There are significant differences between the Montessori environment and traditional classrooms, which is evident as soon as you enter. Maria Montessori’s observations about how children learn have now been validated by modern neuropsychology. Children learn best through movement, concrete learning leading to later abstraction, and most of all through hands-on materials. "We learn through our hands." ~Maria Montessori
At Montessori Academy, classrooms are inviting places to learn that encourage choice, independence and enthusiasm. The extensive Montessori “works” provide a comforting sense of harmony and order. Students quickly learn to choose the work that interests and stimulates them, eventually achieving mastery. The focused activities, the gentle guidance of the teacher, and the strong sense of order all work in harmony with the student’s innate need and desire to learn.
Students have access to open areas where they can cooperate at tables, work independently on rugs or sit together for circle time. Teachers are guides in the Montessori classroom who help make sure children are challenging themselves to learn and grow and are devoting time to all of the various subject areas in the curriculum.
To learn more about the design of our classrooms, please visit our affiliate organization, the American Montessori Society: Montessori Classrooms or Montessori Learning Materials
The outcomes of a Montessori education include many great attributes that prepare individuals to be successful in life. Montessori students are interested in exploring the world around them. They work with an attitude of mutual respect that fosters cooperation. Opportunities abound for them to learn from older students and from experiences teaching and leading their younger classmates.
These outcomes are achieved due to some fundamental principles. Montessori classrooms are multi-age based on specific planes of development. Students are free to work during long, uninterrupted work periods both individually or in cooperation with other students. There is an emphasis on grace, courtesy and individual responsibility. Maria Montessori’s observations led her to a pedagogy that is truly genius and has been highly validated over time.
There is a natural and smooth progression in the Montessori curriculum as the child progresses from age three onward. Many of our families continue with a Montessori education all the way through eighth grade. Successful transitioning to traditional schooling at any point is possible and you’ll likely find that your student will be exceedingly well prepared for their continued academic career.
For more information about Montessori, please visit our affiliate organization, the American Montessori Society.
Montessori in the 21st Century
The workplace has changed dramatically in recent years and will continue to change as technology rapidly advance and new economies follow. Successful individuals are no longer relegated to rows of desks or anchored in offices. Modern work spaces are designed to foster creativity, collaboration and communication and they have been shown to directly impact employee productivity.
Montessori is perfectly suited to build successful individuals ready for a future drive by critical thinking and collaboration. Montessori education has been shown to strongly support the development of “executive functioning.” This extremely valuable capability of the brain fosters skills such as adaptability, focus and creativity, skills that are critical to success in our 21st century world. Traditional approaches to education simply do not foster this kind of thinking.
Not surprisingly, some of the most innovative and successful individuals over the last hundred years have been Montessori graduates. Examples include: Jim Wales, creator of Wikipedia; Jeff Bezos found of Amazon, Sean Combs, singer and entrepreneur and the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergei Brin. All of these individuals (and many others) have used their executive functioning abilities to see the world in a new or different way to achieve great success. View a partial list of other famous Montessori graduates.
Read More about Executive Function and Montessori Methods:
“Montessori and Executive Functions of the Brain” at www.ageofmontessori.org
“Learning How to Focus on Focus” by Jonah Lehrer at The Wall Street Journal
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