An authentic Montessori elementary school can be identified by its child-driven curriculum. Instead of relying on teachers to lecture and direct lessons, children take control of their education by deciding how they approach assignments. This teaches independence and self-confidence, vital parts of a child’s development.
This hands-on approach is the Montessori method, based on the philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. Generations later, educators across the world continue her legacy of active education.
Montessori schools provide environments for active learning
Hands-on learning by itself is not unique to Montessori elementary schools. Most educators treat “learning by doing” as an irreplaceable part of education. Students carry out classroom lab experiments, take classroom trips outside to explore nature, and use blocks and other objects to visualize concepts. However, these activities are often treated as “special activities” for the whole class. Specific times are sectioned off for the whole class to participate.
In Montessori schools, the classroom is prepared for continuous active learning. Students don’t have to participate in the same activities as their classmates. Sometimes they’ll work together in groups, but many times they’ll be independently exploring. They’re always surrounded by learning tools, furniture and toys appropriate for developing their cognitive and physical skills, and teachers who guide them toward self-discovery.
In this way, Montessori students build confidence in their own skills. This builds a foundation for success in middle school and beyond, when they’re expected to study on their own.
Montessori schools show children how to love learning
Children develop a love for learning when they’re allowed to explore their curiosities according to their own pace. They learn for the sake of learning, not for achieving a high grade. When they hit the age where grades become a signifier of progress, they’ll still be able to hold onto their innate curiosity.
Unlike traditional classrooms where external factors direct learning, such as struggling or misbehaving students holding back the rest of the class, Montessori classrooms put power in each student’s hands. By giving students near complete power over their education, they become motivated to do their best. Because when obstacles are removed, the only limit is themselves.
Visit a Montessori elementary school to see the power of hands-on learning
Hill Point Montessori is dedicated to building confidence and lifelong skills through hands-on lessons. Our elementary programs are designed for children 6-9 and 9-12 years old. Click here to schedule an in-person tour. Please note that masks and social distancing are required.