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Emphasis on human development during the preschool years is vital to the education and overall well-being of your child. Over a century ago, Italian physician, educator, and philosopher Maria Montessori realized this important notion. As she researched the intellectual development of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and advocated for children's rights, Dr. Montessori established various theories of childhood education and child development. She emphasized notions that children learn through hands-on activities and continuous encouragement.
Preschool years are a time of critical brain development, and parents should be partners in their children's education. Dr. Montessori's notions and theories were the foundation for what is referred to as the Montessori Method. This method is now accepted and implemented worldwide, as well in several San Diego private schools like Montessori Explorer.
The Montessori Method is a child-centered, individualized education program that focuses on hands-on alternative educational methods for children. It strongly encourages independence, responsibility, social interaction, observation skills, and participation in many types of activities. Activities involve the use of specialized objects that facilitate the use of all five senses to contribute to the overall development of a child and foster an interest and enjoyment of learning.
Both the child and the teacher (commonly called the director or directress) play an important, unique role in the child's development. The child learns, observes, and develops while self-directing his or her activity. The teacher instigates and encourages the child while carefully observing him or her. Teachers introduce children to various materials and activities then closely follow them while remaining accessible to each child.
Teachers are discouraged from partaking in traditional measurements of achievement such as grades and tests. Instead, children and parents are provided with valuable feedback. Teachers provide a qualitative analysis of a child's performance in the form of a list of skills, activities, and critical points and create a narrative of the child's achievements, strengths, and weaknesses.
The learning environment is positive, non-threatening, and noncompetitive. It entails having a small class size, a well-structured and stocked classroom, and a teacher. Often, a teaching assistant will accompany the teacher in the classroom. Children choose their work and work at their pace. The classroom has specially designed materials that are simple, attractive, hands-on, and self-correcting. The number of children in each class is small allowing the teacher to work effectively with each child, answer any and all questions, and initiate and foster an interest in learning.
The teacher is well trained, having spent several years of learning and practicing the many Montessori-based lessons and passing difficult practical, oral, and written exams to become certified. A Montessori teacher is well-versed in multiple areas of education and development principles. Teachers introduce children to the learning environment, present the material, followed by careful observation. Teachers always remain accessible to the children.
Contact Montessori Explorer today to discuss options for your child at one of the best Montessori schools in San Diego. Child development is vital, and you should begin proper education and fostering an enjoyment of learning at an early age. Fill out our convenient online contact form or call us today a 619-425-3300 to discuss Montessori Explorer opportunities for your child.
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A distinctive characteristic of the Montessori Method is adapting the child's learning environment to his or her individual developmental level.
The learning environment is divided into six major areas, each focusing on a different aspect of life and the respective skill sets and character building needed for the particular aspect.
The six major areas include practical life, sensorial, language arts, mathematics, cultural, and science. Children are encouraged to participate in all areas but move along at their pace.
To simplify the Method, it can be said that it focuses on three main components:
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• The Child
• The Environment
• The Teacher- also known as the Director or Directress
The child should be in his or her preschool years. Typically, preschool years encompass children ages 6 and below. While the method is primarily used during a child's preschool and elementary years; it can still be applied during the junior high and high school years.