Choosing an educational program for your child is a process that involves a number of different considerations. You need to find a program that is geographically close to home and aligns with your own beliefs about learning and education. Another elemental factor to consider as you choose a program is how your child will do in the program. Some private programs put a heavy focus on structure and discipline, while others take a more holistic approach. If you are considering sending your child to a Montessori school, it is important to determine if he or she will thrive in the Montessori classroom. In order to determine if your child will thrive in the Montessori classroom, you need to learn about the Montessori philosophy and how it impacts classroom design and curriculum development.
The Montessori Philosophy
The Montessori Philosophy is based on a few core tenets. One is that all children are naturally smart and have the ability to learn when presented with the right opportunities. Another important tenet is that the purpose of school is to prepare students for success in life. These tenets are used as the foundation for the design of the Montessori classroom and the curriculum. Understanding these tenets can help you determine if your child will thrive in the Montessori classroom. You can dive deeper into the details of the Montessori Philosophy by exploring the resources available from the Parent Library at FMS.
The design of the Montessori classroom is different from what you will find in public schools. Because of this, it is important to learn about how the Montessori classroom is designed so you can determine if it is a good fit for your child. You will not find children in the Montessori classroom sitting in rows of desks, filling out worksheets, and listening to a teacher lecture. Instead, you will see students moving around, working individually and in groups, and engaging in hands-on learning activities. The classroom is designed around the needs of the students and allows a wide range of children to thrive.
The curriculum is another area to consider as you think about whether or not your child will thrive in the Montessori classroom. The foundation of the curriculum is always based on the Montessori Philosophy. Part of the design of the Montessori Method is to tailor the curriculum to the individual needs of each student. This means that the teacher creates a unique learning plan for each student based on that student’s needs. An individualized approach to curriculum creates an environment where every student has the opportunity to thrive.
The unique approach and design of Montessori programs allow all types of children to thrive in the Montessori classroom. Every element, from the classroom to the curriculum, is designed with the needs of students in mind. If you are looking for a program where your child’s individual learning needs will be met, then a Montessori program is a great option. You can see the Montessori design in action – and confirm that it is a good fit for your child – by scheduling a time to observe a class.