Have you ever wondered why Montessori is good for a child? How exactly do children benefit from attending a Montessori preschool like Klein-Spring Montessori in Spring, TX? As you know, Montessori and traditional preschools are similar in some ways and different in others. Children can benefit from spending time in a Montessori classroom for the rest of their lives. The lifelong impact of a Montessori education during their early years can be seen in different ways.
The Montessori Classroom Environment
In a Montessori classroom, children are encouraged to explore and develop a deep love of learning they can take with them when they move on to elementary school and beyond. They’re encouraged to explore and choose what they want to learn about (from the materials available within the classroom); this helps encourage curiosity and a love of learning that we hope stays with them forever. Many of the most successful people continue to read and learn and are curious about the world around them, and we work to encourage that in our children.
The Montessori Classroom Experience
Children thrive on routine and consistency; it helps them to feel safe and secure, which allows them to focus their energy on learning and exploring their environment. One of the benefits of Montessori is the consistency our multi-age classrooms provide. Our students spend 2 -3 years with the same Guide (classroom teacher) and a group of children.
The Benefits of Mixed-Age Classrooms
Because their classrooms are multi-age, they learn from observing their classmates and Guides. The older children learn by teaching the younger children. Children develop friendships with other kids their age, a year younger or older. They’re not limited to only meeting kids the same age as they are. They also aren’t moving between teachers or classrooms every 6-12 months. Toddlers are with the same Guide from 16 months (if they’re walking) until age three, and preschoolers (Primary) are with the same Guide from 3-pre-K; this consistency helps them in many ways.
While Montessori and traditional daycare or preschool are different, they’re very similar in many ways. In both, children learn phonics, ABCs, and 123s to prepare them for elementary. They learn to hold pencils, draw, write, follow directions, work with peers, and more.
In Montessori classrooms, the students also learn to care for their classroom environment, learn social-emotional skills, and are encouraged to have age-appropriate independence.
Whether you choose Montessori or traditional daycare or preschool, you need to choose the school that best fits your child and your family. We hope you’ll consider Klein-Spring Montessori and invite you to visit our school and see the Montessori difference. Contact us today to schedule a tour.