Taking a Closer Look at the Montessori Method
Developed by the Italian physician and educator, Maria Montessori, the Montessori Method places a significant emphasis on a child’s capacity to develop at their own pace. By providing children with a healthy and controlled environment in which to explore their independence, this educational method provides young students with the opportunity to reach key developmental milestones individually.
In order to most effectively promote this philosophy, the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) state that students should be given the opportunity to develop their own system of learning in mixed-age classrooms with uninterrupted blocks of work time. Instead of producing a competitive atmosphere, personalized lessons, and concrete learning methods allow the students to develop their own sense of the world through a hands-on approach.
Do all Montessori schools follow the same teaching philosophy?
Unfortunately, numerous private schools throughout the country claim to follow the Montessori Method without actually upholding this philosophy. Since this educational method is not regulated by a single governing office, there is nothing that can stop a private school from claiming to promote the Montessori Method without actually implementing any of the fundamental elements.
In fact, these schools are not even required to hire educators with teaching credentials or college degrees. For this reason, our dedicated staff encourages you to choose wisely if you are searching for the right Montessori school for your child. When you come to Starwood Montessori, you can rest easier knowing your child will have access to all of the learning opportunities promoted through this valuable teaching method.
For this reason, our educators encourage you to learn more about this holistic approach to learning. Call our office today at (972) 885-8585 to learn more about how Starwood Schools can benefit your child.