21st Century Education
THE MONTESSORI METHOD
Educators and parents alike are seeking out alternative methodologies to traditional teaching. They want an educational approach that guides children to develop problem-solving skills, become critical thinkers and to collaborate in order to thrive and achieve success in today's world. Ironically, these goals were met over 100 years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori when she developed the Montessori Method.
Those who walk in the doors of Naudain Montessori Academy seeking this "21st Century Education" realize that the Montessori Method offers an inviting, hands on approach to learning which is critical for the child's learning and development.
Dr. Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori, Italy's first woman physician, opened up the first Montessori classroom, La Casa dei Bambini in 1907. Noticing children's motivation toward independence and their innate desire to learn, she designed an environment scaled to the child and capitalizing on developmental periods of sensitivity to certain stimuli.
Each piece of Montessori equipment provides a concrete, hands-on experience from which the child absorbs basic concepts necessary for success in our complex society. The child learns by doing and teaches himself through the use of self-correcting materials. The use of these materials offers the child opportunity to develop their problem solving skills.
Benefits of Montessori
The highly trained and credentialed Montessori Teachers respond to each individual child at his or her level of ability, developmental readiness and interest on an individual basis. The teacher works with the child as their "guide" and acts as the bridge between the child and their discovery with the materials. In an era of mass education and conformity, it is a noteworthy concept that each child has the opportunity to learn at their own pace in a non-competitive manner following their interests and the Montessori curriculum.
The Leaders of tomorrow
This non-competitive, non-judgmental method has a dual purpose. In addition to acquiring a strong academic foundation, the child develops self-confidence, self-reliance and a love of learning. The skills, work habits and character traits fostered by the Montessori approach easily transfer to future school settings. The child has been encouraged to be independent in his or her mastery of skills and has a concrete foundation for the demands of the elementary grades and beyond.