Montessori Preschool

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Each Montessori preschool employs the teaching methods originated by Maria Montessori in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The Montessori educational philosophy is based on the idea that children develop and think differently than adults. At the core of the Montessori method is the belief that if children are allowed to direct their own learning, they will develop better. Using a child-centered, alternative-education method, a Montessori preschool allows children to gain knowledge from discovery and direct their own learning by choosing from a variety of activities in a well-stocked and easily accessible classroom. The Montessori method holds that hands-on experimentation is vital to learning and, as such, educational materials in a Montessori preschool are specific to the method.

Montessori preschools shun traditional methods of marking progress, such as testing and grades. Instead, a child's progress in a Montessori preschool is evaluated by observations in the classroom and examination of the products of the work. These observations and examinations are done in an unobtrusive way so that the child is unaware that he or she is being evaluated.

Instead of report cards, parents of children in Montessori preschools are presented with the teacher's observations, a list of skills and activities and sometimes a written narrative emphasizing the child's strengths, weaknesses and improvements.

While it is believed that the Montessori method will work with any child, parents must consider their own values, beliefs and expectations when deciding to enroll their child in a Montessori preschool. A parent educated in a traditional classroom must be willing to learn alongside their child and provide a home environment that is in harmony with the Montessori method.

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