Originated in 1906, the Montessori Method is both an educational
method and lifestyle consistently growing in popularity. Today, most parents of
young children have a vague idea of the Montessori approach – and when children
come of schooling age, parents are faced with a decision. Should you choose a traditional
preschool program or a Montessori Method education? Which is best for your
family? We want to help you decide! Below, we outline four significant
Montessori pros and two cons.
become self-motivated. The Montessori Method is poised to
create lifelong learners. With the freedom to choose from available tasks and
activities, children in the Montessori Method will grow in confidence.
Furthermore, Montessori students learn holistically, instilling a lasting curiosity
of history, geography, science, and other topics of expressed interest. Kourtney Santucci (MD Pediatric Hospital Medicine and Complex Care) emphasized this incredible drive
towards self-motivation: “The aspect of Montessori education that I find most
irreplaceable is the appreciation for order, for concentration, and for the
natural beauty and intricacy of things around us. I think children really do
WANT to focus, and to study and examine things, and Montessori feeds right into
that tendency and away from distractions.”
is individualized. Montessori teachers evaluate each and
every student individually, crafting a unique educational experience according
to each child’s needs. Both quick and gradual learners will thrive as
classrooms and activities are designed to benefit students where they are.
skills are developed. Children in the Montessori classroom
often have freedom to work individually or cooperatively. When interacting
cooperatively, students are encouraged and guided to communicate politely, with
mutual respect and grace. Social skills such as this are significant as
children grow and build personal and professional relationships.
learning is prioritized. Hands-on learning is supported in the
Montessori Method, replacing standardized tests, lectures, and purposeless
memorization. Students are encouraged to develop a love for learning and
discovery without incentives. Furthermore, homework – in the traditional sense
– is a rarity in most classrooms. Students are asked to journal, work on
completing projects, or learn something new through experience.
assessments aren’t given. As standard testing and traditional
grading are not implemented in the Montessori Method, parents are encouraged to
track progress by identifying areas of difficulty and encouraging improvement
in pinpointed areas.
have a lot of liberty. While some children become extremely
self-motivated, others struggle from a system of freedom. Different parenting
styles may impact this. If a child is unsure what action to take without the
explicit direction of an adult, the Montessori Method may prove challenging.
Montessori of Geneva is committed to the highest quality
education for your child. With a safe, individualized, well-prepared
environment, your child is free to explore a rich variety of language, math,
culture, science, and geography. Our goal is to develop independent thinkers
with problem-solving abilities.
Each of our learning and caring programs are designed
for specific age groups, from 15 months to 6 years. Led by a team of two
dedicated, experienced teachers, these classes are beautiful, inviting, and
arranged with a purpose.
To learn more about our Montessori school, reach out
directly at (630) 232-6750 or via our online contact form!