Clearing The Air About The Montessori Method

  Although the Montessori Method has been freely used for years in education circles, this term is not a patented trademark. This has led to its use, on occasion, by schools that do not actually practice traditional Montessori principles. From this misuse, misconceptions have arisen related to this educational approach. As parents explore schools for their children, it is important to recognize whether or not true Montessori Method is being used. As the support system for the teacher-child relationship, parents should understand the philosophy guiding their child's education. Avoid confusion and conflict by clearing away the fog of these 10 common misconceptions. 1. Only Preschool: Although there may be more Montessori schools dedicated to preschool years, programs exist for elementary and middle school age children as well. 2. Only For The Gifted: The Montessori method is perfectly suited for creating a learning environment where students of all abilities can flourish. This...
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Helping Children Transition Better Through Life With Montessori

  We all go through various stages as a child, some of us with more success than others. Unfortunately, many education facilities are ill-prepared to help a child mature through these stages. For many of us in the past it was all a part of growing up, though a part we didn't feel comfortable discussing. Sadly, it is safe to say that going through these stages improperly can derail a life. However, Montessori education methods provide a unique chance for your child to go through these periods unscathed emotionally. It creates an emotionally comforting and relaxing environment which can be used as a springboard for improved transitioning and a stronger sense of self later in life. Children Go Through Transitional Periods As children age, they go through several transition periods. These periods are typically tied to their intellectual and physical development. When they are infants, they are reliant entirely on you...
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How the Montessori Method Prepares Your Child for First Grade

When your child has experienced the benefits the Montessori method has to offer at Brooksfield School, they feel prepared to take the next step to first grade, and you should too! The impact of a Montessori education and a child's love of learning will be greatest the earlier the child has started being taught using the principles in the Montessori method. It is for this reason Brooksfield School was founded; to provide the best possible start for each child prior to beginning their elementary education. While every child comes to first grade with different learning and social skills, children that have been taught the hallmark Montessori traits of independent thinking, problem solving, curiosity, and respect for everyone have increased abilities and confidence to begin the next stage in their education. When a child begins first grade, they will be in a class called lower elementary, composed of first, second, and third...
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The Montessori Method: a Proven Learning Experience

When education becomes more than a cookie-cutter curriculum, it develops into a true learning experience. The Montessori Method embodies this idea with a proven system used in diverse cultures across the globe. Focusing on a child's natural curiosity and desire to learn about their world, Montessori programs create a learning environment like no other. Developed by physician and educator Dr. Maria Montessori, the method that bears her name has been used successfully for over 100 years. Dr. Montessori developed this method with scientific observations of her students from childhood to adulthood. With this information, she was able to develop a perfected style of education with three key components: Student Choice A Montessori trained teacher will create a classroom with a range of activity options and the ability to move freely about the room. This learning environment encourages student independence and freedom, while the limits retain a sense of order and prevent...
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Gift Ideas for Toddlers That Will Complement a Montessori Education

If you've got a special toddler in your life, there are probably times when you want to buy him or her a gift, whether it is for the holidays, a birthday, or just because. While there are a lot of choices that make noise, light up, and seem like fun, those are often the toys that are quickly discarded. Sometimes some of these simple gifts are used the most, and they complement a toddler Montessori education, based on the premise that children learn through hands-on, self-directed learning. Blocks. Any type, whether they are small wooden ones, large cardboard ones, or even some you make yourself out of milk cartons are terrific for toddlers. Not only can they have a blast making simple structures, they will love knocking them down too. They will also use them in a variety of ways, lining them up, grouping them, and pretending they are something else...
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Why Choose a Montessori Education?

A Montessori education has proven to develop children's coordination, concentration, independence and other great qualities in a more effective manner. Students are encouraged to become "seekers of knowledge." Their self-judgment and correction will develop while attending a Montessori program. As the students get older, they will learn how to judge their work and learn from their mistakes. Montessori students become self-directed learners which will greatly benefit them as they grow older. Check out the many other benefits a Montessori education can provide here! Contact us today!

Kindergarteners Get Creative With Monoprinting

Julie introduced the Kindergarteners to monoprinting this week and after exploring the basics of the technique, offered them each a maple leaf to add interest to their printing process. The children showed great delight and intrigue as they tried different strategies and observed the results.

3 Ways Montessori Childcare Gives Your Toddler a Head Start

When you choose a school with a Montessori approach to childcare, you are choosing to give your child many advantages over other types of preschools and daycare environments. Here are three big boosts you are giving your toddler when you choose the Montessori method. The Montessori approach builds self confidence. Kids in a Montessori environment are taught to focus on what they can do rather than what they can't. The Montessori education model encourages teachers and other adults to allow children to try new things and not be afraid of failure. Kids and their parents are often surprised by how much children can accomplish when they are given the opportunity. The Montessori approach encourages working together. A Montessori classroom is set up with several different age groups learning together. This is important because older children learn to teach and younger children get the benefit of the experience of older kids that...
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Kindergarten Art Inspired By Nature

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This week our eager, creative kindergarteners happily re-examined some beautiful autumn leaves while we read Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf Yellow Leaf. Then I handed back the colorful tissue collages they had made two weeks ago. They were skeptical when I  asked them to turn over their papers, trace two leaves on the back, then cut them out. I was most impressed with the tenacity and determination with which each and every child tackled both the tracing and the cutring, as neither was an easy task. The best thing of all was the way friends stepped up and offered to help one another, by holding the leaves steady for each other as they traced. There was a true spirit of cooperation and focused effort in the room all morning. When the children flipped over their cut leaf shapes, they were delighted by the colorful suprise on the other side. The final step was...
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Preschool Critical Learning Moment for a Child's Growth

Children are quite curious from the ages 3-5. It is critical in this timeframe to develop a child's eagerness to learn which will greatly benefit them down the road as they get older. A Montessori preschool program will develop their social and emotional skills. This is a very important key to academic success before they enter elementary school. Preschool will be the driving force behind helping a child learn to read and love to learn. Check out the entire article on Herald & Review  about preschool being the foundation for a child's academic growth. Contact us today!
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