As one of the premiere Montessori Schools in the Springfield, New Jersey area one of the questions we hear most frequently is “what is Montessori?” It is a great question because we have found that there is a lot of misinformation and confusion about what Montessori means. While the Montessori approach is less rigid than a traditional classroom structure, it is not unstructured, which is what some parents fear. Instead, Montessori provides a child-driven educational environment that allows every student to explore and learn at his or her own pace, while still getting all of the social and emotional benefits of a shared classroom learning experience.
Why is learning at their own pace important to students?
Why is learning at their own pace important to students? Albert Einstein, himself considered a slow learner as a child, is credited with saying, “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” The Montessori educational approach believes in the sentiment of that statement. By allowing kids to focus their attention on areas where they are interested, children get to gain confidence in their own abilities, which prepares them for when they have to tackle topics they find less interesting or more difficult. Montessori is not about only teaching children things they want to learn, but by using a child’s innate desire to learn and explore to help foster a lifelong love of learning. This approach increases understanding and promotes the application of critical reasoning skills, so that students can apply what they have learned in one context to completely different situations and scenarios.
Montessori Approach – Provide A Great Educational Foundation For Your Children
At Alpine, we strongly feel that the Montessori approach is the best way to provide a great educational foundation for your children. We invite you to come visit one of our classrooms and gain a greater understanding of Montessori.