Montessori Myths, Busted!
If you are thinking of admitting your child in a Montessori school, you should be hearing and reading a lot of rumours/myths surrounding Montessori method of learning.
There are so many myths about the Montessori education among parents. This is because many people don’t understand the Montessori approach, how the classroom works and extraordinary advantages of this method of learning.
Take a look at some of the Montessori myths.
Montessori Myths – A Look
- Montessori is for special kids: No! Montessori is for all children. These schools emphasizes on concrete/practical learning, where the focus is more on child’s interest, developing their cognition and observation. The curriculum of Montessori is matched to the social development of the child while respecting their individuality.
- Montessori classrooms are disordered: Not at all! It is just that, here children are allowed to move freely, pick material to learn on their own. Teachers don’t interfere, they only guide and encourage children. This encourages self-discipline, even in young kids. Children are asked to do what they like the most; they are left alone to experiment and practise with the material, helping them to teach themselves to concentrate, building co-ordination skills and independence in an orderly way that doesn’t require adult supervision. Here, learning happens quickly and stays on mind for life.
- Teachers don’t teach in Montessori: As mentioned above, Montessori teachers act only as guide, they don’t boss or impose anything on children. Because imposing restrictions means hindering child’s learning, creativity and cognition. In fact, the Montessori curriculum is student-centric, which means they are free to explore the material they choose and learn through self-correcting materials.
- Montessori is not academically rigorous: Even young children can understand complex concepts, if they are taught in a concrete way or practically. Once they grow older, these schools teach skills such as reading, writing as well as research through the exploration of other subjects in the curriculum like cultural studies and science. As cited in Angeline Lillard’s renowned study that was published in the journal, Science, in 2006, “Montessori students proved to be significantly better prepared for elementary school in reading and maths skills than the non-Montessori children. They also tested better on “executive function,” the ability to adapt to changing and more complex problems, an indicator of future school and life success.”
- Montessori is over structured: While some believe Montessori classrooms are chaotic, there are also people who think it is too structured. They believe, here children sit down the entire day and aren’t allowed to move.
Definitely, no! In Montessori classroom, kids actually have the freedom to move around the classroom, completing the work in the order they choose. The best thing is there is no time constraint, which means kids can move from one learning section to another seamlessly – from sensory to practical life materials and then move to maths. This process make work feel more like play, which is even more engaging.
Montessori is extremely enriching program that develop child’s social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral growth under one roof. By enrolling your child in a Montessori school you will certainly give them a strong start, and future achievements are sure to follow.