Montessori education is a different tier of education that prides itself in the students’ development through self-discovery and sensorial learning rather than learning through books. Hence, it does not judge its student by exams or tests, quizzes, or grades instead it judges students by how much inner satisfaction they obtain when they learn a work or complete a task.
Montessori came about in Italy around 1900 by Maria Montessori with the primary aim of educating children with disabilities in poor neighborhoods. This shows that the fulcrum for this invention was to educate and build a better future for all children no matter what their capabilities were or what background they came from.
In this article, we will consider the followings: Why is early childhood important, how does Montessori education teach a child to be independent, the differences in approach of traditional and Montessori education, why working at your own pace is so critical for a child’s early years, and finally what inner satisfaction means to a Montessori educated child.
Why is Early Childhood Education Important?
What you know and understand as an adult was from what you have learned over time at different stages in your life. Early childhood education is essential for building a long-lasting educational background for your child. It will make the child grounded and give the child an edge in the future
Early childhood learning helps the memory of the child and improves the child’s development. This enhances their brain, and opens them to a new world of learning, and prepares them for the future.
Learning is paramount for a better tomorrow, and therefore early childhood education is germane.
How Does Montessori Education Teach a Child to be Independent?
Montessori education believes in a child’s independence; it believes that children learn best when they are allowed to pick what they want to learn.
Most work or materials in a classroom promote a child being independent. From the time, the children, pick up the work, roll the mat, spread the material, complete the work, color their worksheets, put the material away and get the work checked – is all about independence
In Montessori, children learn the value of independence, making them capable of making the right decisions, and seeking to know by themselves. This independence also promotes self-discipline and thereby self-learning.
The difference in approach of Traditional education versus Montessori Education
The Montessori Method emphasizes that children are taught through “touch and feel” using materials which provide the child with the ability to discriminate physical dimension, provide self-correction and teach coordination unlike the Traditional Method of education that focuses on books, charts and instructions from the teachers.
Children can freely move around in the environment, work on materials of his/her choice and talk freely as long as they are not disturbing other children rather than sitting at a desk, working on the material chosen by the teacher.
The Montessori Method allows child to choose the material to work and does not impose a time limit on how long a child can work on a material unlike the Traditional Method. This allows for child to master a material before he/she moves on.
In the Montessori Method, the role of the teacher is passive and serves as a guide for the children; the children choose the material or concept he/she wants to work on as opposed to the Traditional Method where the teacher plays an active role and sets the direction of the class and selects the material for the child to work on.
The Montessori Method requires that the environment or classroom consists of mixed age group of children which allow the younger children to learn from elder ones just like siblings do. The elder children act as teaching assistants and take on a mentorship role for the younger ones. This is quite different from the Traditional Method which insists on single age for all children in a class.
Why working at your own pace is so critical for a child’s early years?
Working at one’s own pace is a perfect way for children to learn in their early years. This allows a child to explore and self-learn and enjoy the process of learning. It is imperative to let children learn at their own pace without putting any pressure on them. This will enhance their adaptability, creativity, and critical thinking. It will also make them self-sufficient early in life.
What inner satisfaction means to a Montessori educated child?
In whatever we do as humans, we always want to feel good and satisfied. To a child who has learned through the Montessori’s method of education, he/she will feel rewarded only when the inner self tells them that they did a good job. The Teacher telling a child – “good job” is secondary to the inner happiness and joy they get when he/she completes a work. This inner satisfaction is not taught, rather it is something the child develops as they progress through the Montessori system.
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