Why Is Montessori so popular?

Jan 09, 21
Why Is Montessori so popular?

As parents, we all hope to give our kiddos the best possible education. We want to provide them the tools they need to be whatever they want - a doctor, lawyer, princess, astronaut, cowboy, you get it. For over a century, Montessori has been thriving worldwide. What's so special about the Montessori Method? Why are more parents taking this educational approach?

Montessori encompasses so much more than wooden children's toys. Several critical elements of The Montessori Method meet the educational goals today's parents have for their kids, like developing a strong sense of self, communication skills, and productivity. With Montessori, that personal growth begins at the earliest stages of life. The first years (birth to age six) is the time to develop a strong foundation that will stay with the child through their developmental years and beyond

Kids Montessori cube

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What is the Montessori Method?

The Montessori Method may be older than you thought. In the last decade, it's become more of a buzz-word or alternative learning style when that's not the case at all. Dr. Maria Montessori, aka the mother of Montessori, developed the method in the early 1900s. Montessori is a child-centered educational method based on Dr. Montessori's theory that children learn better when given a choice about what they want to discover. 

Kids step stones

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Montessori Schools & How They Differ:

In a Montessori preschool classroom, you'll often find children of varying ages and teachers encouraging their young students' independence. Classrooms are set up to kindle a child's natural desire to learn.

Some of the things that you'll probably find in a Montessori classroom include:

  • Various Activity Stations: The different areas' focus can be anything from language, math, sensory, cultural studies, and practical - all age-appropriate, of course. Not even Dr. Montessori could teach a 3-year-old how to do long division.
  • Traveling Teachers: You won't see a Montessori teacher standing still at the front of the classroom. Instead, they hop from group to group.
  • Nontraditional Grading System: There's no A-F grading scale. Montessori students typically don't receive letter or number grades at all! Dr. Montessori believed grades or "external rewards" don't have a long-lasting effect on a child.
  • Student-Focused Learning: The Montessori approach nurtures a child's social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. There's more of a focus on the whole student, rather than pinpointing one aspect of the child's learning journey.

The "Materials" and the Environment

One of the most fascinating things about Montessori schools is that they look the same everywhere in the world. A Montessori classroom has been thoroughly thought out to create an environment where kids can choose which activities they would like to play with. These activities, or "materials" as Dr. Montessori called them, are available for the kids to play with for as long as they want.

Every activity is meant to be hands-on and self-correcting. The TOTTLR wooden children's toys based on the concepts of Montessori, Pikler, and Waldorf can be seen in various classrooms and homes across the country. Montessori toys are (exceptionally) cleverly designed so that the child can use their hands and explore step by step what she is supposed to learn, rather than being directly instructed by a parent or teacher. 

Wooden triangle for kids

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The philosophy that Maria Montessori developed over a century ago still works for kids today. The Montessori Method doesn't discriminate. Regardless of a child's spoken language, whether they go to public or private school, what country they live in, or their socio-economic status, the Montessori method has proven to be useful for children of all kinds of backgrounds.

Check out these Top-5-Reasons-Why-Montessori-Works here to learn more.

Fun Facts About Montessori

You may not have known it, but some of the world's most influential people were Montessori Graduates. Tech giants Larry Page and Sergey Brin (the guys who invented Google), the unapologetically brave Anne Frank, and the king of e-commerce, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

The Montessori Method allows children to learn at their own pace, sparks creativity and nurtures the body & mind. While we can't be 100% sure some of the world's most powerful people reached success, we'd like to think it has a little something to do with it.