The Montessori Advantage

Approach

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 tactile inputs. "We learn through our hands."

Outcomes

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.

Transitioning

There is a natural and smooth progression in the Montessori curriculum as the child progresses from age three onward. Many of our families receive the full benefits of a Montessori education all the way through eighth grade. Successful transitioning to traditional schooling at any point is possible, and committed families who choose to give their children the best opportunity to grow and develop by staying with us through Junior High find their student exceedingly well prepared for the rest of their academic career.

More Information

For more information about Montessori, please visit our affiliate organization, the American Montessori Society.

“Learning How to Focus on Focus” by Jonah Lehrer at The Wall Street Journal


21st Century Montessori

Success can be defined in many different ways, but it has changed dramatically in recent years.  Successful individuals are no longer relegated to rows of desks or anchored in cluttered offices.  Modern Montessori is perfectly suited to build the successful individual of the future by encouraging initiative, enthusiasm, and creativity.

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. Recent examples include: Jim Wales, creator of Wikipedia; Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder, singer and entrepreneur Sean Combs (P Diddy); and Larry Page and Sergei Brin, the founders of Google. All of these individuals (and many others) have used their executive functioning abilities to see the world in a new or different way, and achieve great success as a result. View a partial list of other famous Montessori graduates

The educators and administrators at Montessori Academy are as proactive and energetic as the children themselves. There is an emphasis on professional development, which includes visiting other schools, in-service learning, and participation at  a variety of conferences and seminars  to ensure our school is at a leader in modern Montessori thought and practice. Recent events have included:

Association of Illinois Montessori Schools Annual Conference
Association Montessori Internationale, Management Refresher Course
American Montessori Association Annual Conference
“Prove It: Understanding the Neuropsychology of Montessori” Dr. Steven Hughes
“Autism, Asperger’s, Sensory Processing Disorder & ADHD” John Taylor, Ph.D.
“National Association of Independent Schools”
“Lighting a Child’s Inborn Sense of Wonder: Mobilizing Your School to Bring Nature Back to Children”
Illinois Reading Council Annual Conference

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