What is the Difference between Montessori and how I was taught?
Many parents ask this question when they step to our school for the first time. And most are skeptical and don’t quite understand how this philosophy of freedom of learning can get their child anywhere.
In the words of a recent article in Forbes magazine, “The future of education is here. It’s got nothing to do with laptops. It was invented well over a century ago.” Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses (Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell and Touch) while traditional schools focus on listening, watching, or reading.
Sight is when it comes to learning, especially for visual learners who use this sense the most. It can be taken for granted as most activities involve ‘seeing’.
Sound is crucial for everyone in the learning path but particularly for auditory learners. It helps children understand the world around them better and provides another layer of comprehension.
Everyone loves food- and it can be educational. Taste can play a large part in the curriculum for history and geography. Tasting and making dishes from around the world or a famous historical food are fun activities for students and certainly makes for a memorable lesson. Here at Montessori Academy children get to travel around the world and learn about different cultures during Multicultural Fest.
The sense of smell is a very powerful tool to have at our disposal. We subconsciously associate smells with different things. In Montessori there are lessons to identify different smells and use only that sense to determine differences.
Children learn better if they have something in front of them that they can feel and physically touch, and even better if they made it themselves. In Montessori children learn their letters and numbers using touch and tracing.
Children in Montessori classes learn at their own pace and according to their own choice of activities. Teachers are there to guide and make learning an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning.
Montessori classes place children in three-year age groups (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, and so on), forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones. This builds on self confidence and group work, preparing them on skills needed in the real world.
We must be doing something right
The most innovative entrepreneurs and creative elite of our world today, came from Montessori education. Here are some articles of top entrepreneur stories that feel Montessori had something to do with their success.
CEO cites Montessori education as one of the influences that shaped his world view and made him a change agent.
Successful technology innovators and entrepreneurs trace their roots back to Montessori education early in life.
When it comes to producing creative business leaders, a Montessori education has proven to be a potent predictor of future success.