Montessori education is unique in many ways when compared to other educational options. The design of the classroom and curriculum looks different than what you will see in a public school and even other private programs. Each aspect of Montessori education is informed by the core tenets of the Montessori Method. One of the overarching goals of the Montessori philosophy of education is to help students develop into life-long learners. This goal is based on the tenet that school should prepare students for success in life. And, a big part of success in life is being willing to continue learning even after formal education is complete. A Montessori education can turn your child into a life-long learner by helping him, or her develop a sense of personal responsibility for learning, discover that learning can happen in a variety of situations, and grow a love for learning.
Develop a sense of personal responsibility for learning
Montessori education helps students develop a sense of personal responsibility for learning by giving them a voice in the process. There is no one-size-fits-all lesson plan in the Montessori classroom. Each student is provided with educational opportunities based on their needs and interests. The teacher will design an individualized learning plan based on interactions and observations with your child. Then, your child will have some freedom to choose how to learn about each concept. Giving students a choice when it comes to how they learn helps them understand that they are responsible for their own learning. This feeling of being responsible for what they learn in the classroom helps students take ownership of what they learn outside of the classroom as well – which can help them actively pursue learning throughout life.
Discover that learning can happen in a variety of situations
A Montessori education can also help your child discover that learning can happen in a variety of situations. When students discover that learning is not reserved for the formal classroom, they can find opportunities for learning everywhere. Montessori teachers use the environment, everyday tasks, and interactions with others as opportunities to show students that their learning can happen in a variety of situations. This concept helps Montessori students develop into life-long learners because they will see learning as something that happens everywhere and all the time.
Grow a love for learning
A love for learning will help your child develop into a life-long learner. The best Montessori programs are designed to meet the needs of each child in a way that grows a love for learning. A passion for learning is done by offering hands-on activities whenever possible, giving students a choice in how they learn, and providing interesting and challenging enrichment programs. A love for learning that is developed early on can stay with your child throughout his or her formal education and into adulthood.
If you want your child to become a life-long learner, consider a Montessori education. Helping students be successful in life is a goal that is core to the Montessori philosophy of education and the design of Fountainhead Montessori School. You can see how each of these goals is taught by scheduling a time to observe a class at FMS.