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Learning Areas in a Montessori Classroom

The organization of a Montessori classroom is key to the success of the school. The classroom environments are prepared strategically; with a very thoughtful plan and purpose. All materials are within reach and readily available. The student may move about the room freely choosing materials for independent work.

Practical Life Skills

These materials focus on teaching children basic life skills. Activities focusing on practical life skills provide real-life experience while promoting concentration and coordination. Most of all, practical life skills foster independence. When a child learns to do things for themselves, they develop a sense of self-respect. A few examples of basic practical life skill activities are pouring water from a jug, cleaning, water pouring, basic cooking, spooning pasta from one bowl to another, and much more.

Sensory

Small children learn about their environment by using their senses. Sensory materials and activities are designed to promote the use of the child’s five senses and engage their minds. The student’s manipulation of sensory materials develops basic skills needed to excel in subjects such as math and science in the future.

Language

Children learn to read through various exercises and activities in a Montessori classroom. Learning site letters and sounds are some of the first skills a student will learn with the language materials. Once mastery is achieved; a child may begin putting words together to make sentences. Learning to read opens the door to endless learning opportunities.

Mathematics

These wonderful materials provide the child the opportunity in which the student can learn basic math in a way they can see and feel.  Mathematical materials in a Montessori classroom are very unique. Colorful beads and rods, for example, are a couple of the most universal mathematical material in which children learn to, count, add, subtract, multiply and divide.

May 3rd, 2017

Posted In: About MKU Franshise Opportunity, Benefits of the Montessori Method

How to Create a Successful Montessori Classroom

Montessori classrooms are serene, happy places designed to meet the developmental needs of each child in every stage of life. Children need change as they move through the stages of development. Through a Montessori education these changes are honored through the preparation of the classroom environment. Montessori prepared environments liberate children’s energy for growth and learning.

It’s Their Classroom!

It is important for us to remember that preparing a classroom for our children needs to meet the needs of the child. Try to see things from a child’s perspective, so that you understand how they view the environment. In a Montessori, prepared environment every part of the room should be beautiful. It is important to use attractive shelves, tables, and chairs. Materials should for the most part be made of “real” wood or products instead of plastic. Children tend to take care of and handle more carefully materials that are made with finer quality products.

Less is More!

Control the environment not the children. Remember that less is more! Keep a clutter free classroom and selectively pick what you would like to put on shelves based on what the children are learning. Crammed shelves tend to cause more chaos and confusion in little minds; making it more difficult for them to make good work choices. The children will be more comfortable and so will you.

Imagination and Creativity!

Montessori classrooms support the development of imagination and creativity at every stage of learning. The building blocks of imagination are established through sensory exploration, imagination, and self-expression. Our classrooms are full of open ended activities, hands on learning, and real life experiences.

Children who receive a Montessori education quickly learn not to rely solely on adults, but rather explore for themselves. This method of learning will instill a great sense of accomplishment as well as instilling the confidence to do things for themselves.

April 20th, 2017

Posted In: Benefits of the Montessori Method

Natural Playgrounds

Outside play is a hugely significant part of any child’s development, and creating safe, interactive, and stimulating environments for children to play in is so important. Children experience a great sense of freedom in outdoor settings. One of the newest trends in child care is the move towards natural playgrounds. Natural playgrounds, unlike traditional plastic playgrounds, are created using largely natural materials, creating beautiful, exciting playgrounds that are fun and safe, and respect the environment too. Natural playgrounds also provide greater opportunities for children to engage in interactive play. They contain space for children to run and play as well as utilize natural materials which are movable and can be manipulated by little hands. The opportunities for exploration and creativity are endless.

There are many benefits in creating a natural playground for outside play such as:

  • They Help Children Be More Active
  • They are Accessible
  • They Encourage Imaginative Play
  • They Improve Social Skills
  • They Aid in the Development of Motor Skills

According to the Children and Nature Network, children who play regularly in natural settings are sick less often. Mud, sand, water, leaves, sticks, pine cones, and gum nuts can help to stimulate children’s immune systems as well as their imagination. One of the greatest benefits of natural playgrounds is the ways they help children improve their fine motor skills. A natural setting involves a vast array of textures, sensory activities, gardens and natural sounds to encourage children to engage all their senses. Playing outside should be fun, and what kids don’t love to create, climb, make believe, and engage in a natural environment all while burning off steam.

April 7th, 2017

Posted In: Benefits of the Montessori Method

Test Scores and Montessori Education

Starting a Montessori school takes a lot of preparation, so you probably have a lot of questions. Some of the most common questions asked by educators and parents involve testing. What kind of testing is required? How well do Montessori students perform when compared to other children? We will answer these questions and more.

Montessori students and standardized testing

Not all Montessori schools are required to administer the same standardized tests as required in public schools. Some public Montessori schools administer these tests, others do not. Some private Montessori schools also participate in standardized testing, especially if these tests are required by the schools into which their students will transition.
As for scoring, studies show that children who attend or had attended a Montessori school perform as well or better than non-Montessori students.

Montessori students who transition to public school

Some Montessori schools offer education for preschool and elementary children only. These students are usually very well prepared for standardized testing. Studies show these children are very successful academically and socially after transitioning from a Montessori school when compared to children with other early education backgrounds. These studies show more creative writing skills, higher math test scores, and a greater ability to handle difficult social situations.

SAT scores and college acceptance rates

Montessori schools typically report that their students are accepted into the colleges of their choice. This is true for a number of reasons, such as impressive social and community achievements and exemplary essay writing. Montessori students also perform very well on SAT’s, often out-shining students without Montessori background.

Research involving Montessori student test scores is ongoing. All children are skilled in different ways, and as with all forms of education; some will have more difficulty than others. One thing fairly consistent in Montessori students that cannot be measured, is their strong social skills, a positive determined attitude, and confidence for tackling obstacles in life. For these reasons, Montessori students are often very successful, because they have the inner tools and desire for achievement.

September 2nd, 2016

Posted In: Benefits of the Montessori Method