What is the Montessori preschool philosophy? It’s about rigorous and self-motivated growth for children in all areas of their development– social and emotional, language and communication, movement and physical development, and cognitive. Montessori aims to nurture a child’s desire for knowledge, respect, and understanding.
Nurturing a child’s quench for learning isn’t about spoon-feeding or dictating their lessons. It’s about guiding them but giving them the independence to pick what to learn and the pace of doing so.
Let’s look at the developmental areas and how Montessori education encourages children to achieve the necessary skills for growth.
Social and Emotional
In traditional classrooms, students are separated by grade level, usually according to age. There is a sense of community in Montessori childcare because students of different ages share the same classroom for two to three years. Ages usually differ by two to three years.
The Montessori method focuses on independence and practical studies rather than just moving on to the next grade level. Because children stay with the same group for at least two years, they will develop a kinship and build relationships. They learn social and emotional skills through their shared space and materials. They also learn camaraderie and teamwork during collaborative play.
Language and Communication
Every day is a lesson in language and communication. In Montessori, there is an added benefit of learning grace and courtesy. Communication skills are necessary for achieving grace for yourself and courtesy to other people. Knowing how to talk with respect and politeness is vital to the growth and development of personal relationships.
Movement and Physical Development
Movement is crucial in the daily life of every Montessori student. For one, they have the freedom to choose the materials they work on for the day, which involves going to and from the shelf to obtain them. Two, sensorial learning entails a lot of physical activities as children are educated through experience. Three, music is also a big part of the curriculum, as is dancing.
Play is also integral in Montessori, with children enjoying both free and collaborative play.
Lastly, students learn something new daily, from math to science and nature, botany to cultural studies, and more. But the best part is that children learn at their own pace. They are not forced to understand lessons they are not ready to; hence, they are not pressured or stressed at school.
Visit Blossoms Montessori School in Spring, Texas, to check out the facility and learn more about Montessori daycare.
As a highly experienced Montessori educator with a coveted AMI credential from Association Montessori International, I have spent over 22 years helping children discover their full potential through an individualized approach to learning. Along the way, I have mentored and coached countless educators, equipping them with the tools and techniques to foster growth in their own students. In fact, I have trained over 65 teachers to date. Currently serving as a Director, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every aspect of my work. Whether you are a parent seeking the best educational opportunities for your child or an educator looking to improve your own practice, I am confident that I can help you unlock your full potential.