One of the main differences between a Montessori education and a traditional one is that the Montessori method focuses on individual learning at a child’s individual pace. Although it may seem as if that would slow the child down, it actually does the opposite. Because students are permitted to explore areas that they are most interested in, they are naturally encouraged to explore more challenging areas and dig deeper into a topic. The measures of achievement look at individual progress and development rather than traditional methods like grades and tests. A study conducted by the University of Virginia found that Montessori students had significantly better scores when tested against non Montessori students in mental performance, academic abilities and social and behavioral skills. The study further showed that the Montessori students were better equipped to adapt to changing and complex problems. This ability is often treated as a predictor of future success, another indicator that a Montessori education better prepares students for future success.
Another key value of a Montessori education is its emphasis on fostering independence among the students. In her book The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori writes, “The child’s conquests of independence are the basic steps in what is called his ‘natural development’, labeling independence as one of the key aspects of development. It is vital to begin fostering independence at a young age and Montessori allows that to occur.
The Montessori Method, especially when paired with Reggio Emilia enrichment, also serves to grow a child’s creativity. With Montessori, children are encouraged to follow their interests, leading to an inherent growth in creativity as they are doing tasks that they want to rather than to prepare for an exam or because they are told to do so. This allows children to enjoy the process of learning rather than just the end result allowing for a creative process to occur and for a child’s love of learning to grow. In an environment where students are forced to learn “for the test” or because the “curriculum says so” a student’s natural love of learning is often extinguished and along with it the ability for creative expression. A Montessori education avoids those issues by working for the opposite goals: fueling a child’s love of learning and allowing a child to explore his or her passions. When a Montessori education is also paired with the Reggio Emilia designated creative art space, creativity increases even more.
A Montessori education has many unique benefits that are vital to lifelong success and are not accessible with a traditional education.
Adm1n May 2nd, 2018
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Montessori Kids Universe believes that the top priority of every school should be to provide every child with a good education. In order fulfill this belief, Montessori Kids Universe operates as a franchise, in order to ensure each of its locations provide a consistent and robust educational experience. The best way to become involved in Montessori’s mission is by becoming the owner of a Montessori Kids Universe franchise location. In addition to being able to provide children with the time-tested and prominent educational experience that the Montessori Kids Universe program offers, there are three other reasons for owning a franchise over a non-franchise.
First, when one becomes the owner of a Montessori Kids Universe franchise location, they immediately have access to Montessori’s track record of success. Montessori Kids Universe has been operating for more than 30 years and has an abundance of experience in the childcare industry. When one chooses to partner with Montessori Kids Universe and open a franchised location, they have access to an established curriculum and business model that is ripe for success.
Second is brand recognition. When one chooses to open a Montessori Kids Universe franchise, by simply bearing the Montessori title, local families in the community will be much more willing to enroll in this location, as opposed to a non-franchised location. In an article posted on Entrepreneur, Rob Goggins writes that “Consumers generally frequent those businesses with which they are most familiar and comfortable”. The truth is simple. People seek out businesses and items that they are familiar with, due to feeling more comfortable with them. Owning a Montessori Kids Universe franchise enables one to have access to a well established brand.
Third is through assistance. Owning and operating a business on one’s own can be a scary and daunting task. Fortunately, when one chooses to own a Montessori Kids Universe franchise, many of these fears go away. This is because owning a franchise over a non-franchise allows the owner to have access to a variety of support systems. We provide a system of comprehensive training programs, assistance in areas such as administration, sales, and marketing, as well as the tremendous Montessori curriculum. Under a franchising model, the success of the individual franchise is our success, and we strive to be there with the franchise owner through every step of the process.
Becoming the owner of a franchise is the best way to dive into business. Through partnering with Montessori Kids Universe and establishing a franchise, one has instant access to a curriculum with over 30 years of experience backing it, name recognition, and a variety of assistance tools.
Adm1n April 11th, 2018
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The demand for Montessori education in the United States is rising at a faster rate than ever before. According to the American Montessori Society, there are currently an estimated 22,000 Montessori programs in 110 countries, and nearly 4,000 of them are in the US. That means that over 18% of all Montessori programs globally, are in the US. Although most of those programs are private, public Montessori programs have doubled over the last 15 years to account for roughly 450 programs. In both the public and private sector, demand from parents for a Montessori education for their children is rising at such a rapid pace that existent programs simply cannot keep up. Waitlists all over the country are growing. According to Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore City’s only public Montessori school currently has 1,200 students on its waitlist. In Washington D.C. the Latin American Montessori Bilingual public charter school has over 530 students on their waitlist. Another Montessori school in Washington D.C. has over 700 students on their waitlist. The Montessori program at Broadwater Elementary School in Montana, received over 100 applications for only 36 available seats. Public schools in Dallas, St. Paul, Juneau, as well as dozens of other cities all cannot meet the current demand for a Montessori education. All around the country, more and more Montessori programs are forced to turn away students or place them on the waitlist because the demand is simply too much for existing programs to be able to handle. It is time to meet the demand and to provide access to the thousands of children eagerly waiting to begin their Montessori education.
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Adm1n March 9th, 2018
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