From a very young age, it is clear that children are individuals. They each have their own personalities, their own likes and dislikes, their own way of doing things, and their own way of learning things. How can we help our children to learn in a way that allows them to be successful while also allowing them to be part of a community of their peers? The answer is Montessori! Ask anyone who has been a Montessori student or who has sent their child to a Montessori school, they will be able to tell you why it was such a great experience. Here are just some of the things that makes Montessori the best choice:
- Independence & confidence – In a Montessori classroom, children are encouraged to do things for themselves both in their exploration of the learning materials as well as in their care for themselves and their environment. This makes children feel empowered and as a result, they develop independent thinking and confidence that will benefit them throughout their life.
- Enhanced social skills – In a mixed-age Montessori classroom, children develop mentor/mentee relationships that encourage cooperation and collaboration. As the children work closely together to learn and to care for their environment, they discover the importance of mutual respect, acceptance, inclusion, and community. Children in a Montessori classroom develop social skills that will help them to be active citizens in the world around them.
- Individualized, Hands-on learning – The way that children learn and the pace at which they work is not “one-size-fits-all.” In a Montessori classroom, children are provided with a variety of hands-on materials that help them practice concentration and coordination while they learn important concepts in language arts, mathematics, and more. In this environment, children can excel in the areas that they have confidence in while at the same time have the opportunity to work on areas where they may be struggling.
- Learning that is fun and challenging – Children in a Montessori classroom learn using materials that teach through exploration. Montessori “work time” doesn’t feel like work. Children are not expected to sit at a desk or to work on the same “lesson” that everyone else is doing. As children explore the materials, they are appropriately challenged because the materials build on one another, introducing progressively complex skills as the child moves along.
Montessori classrooms are designed to encourage individuality and independence. Children in a Montessori classroom feel challenged and eager to succeed. They learn to celebrate the successes of their peers and they develop friendships built on mutual respect and an appreciation for differences. In a Montessori classroom, children see the learning process unfold before them in a way that gives them a love for learning. Montessori children are not just told “this is how you do it,” they are encouraged to discover how it’s done.
All Stars Montessori is an individually owned Montessori Child Care Center in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We opened our doors in 2007 because we believe wholeheartedly in the Montessori philosophy and we wanted to share what we love about it with the families in our community. We care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with an emphasis on Montessori education that sets the children up for future success. Our teachers love the children in our care and are so excited to see their eyes light up when they learn a new skill or discover a new concept because they were given the chance to explore. If you live in the Apple Valley/Rosemount/Farmington area and are looking for a loving environment that provides foundational Montessori education, we would love to tell you more about our programs and to schedule a tour. Check out our website at www.allstarsmontessori.com or give us a call at 952-432-2422.