What is the Montessori method?
Montessori is a method of education based upon the research findings of the Italian doctor and educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952). The method highlights the child-centered approach. Children are offered a carefully-crafted environment furnished with specially designed hands-on materials and are guided by qualified and competent faculty.
In the Sakura Montessori International School System, classrooms are divided into multi-age groupings, from 15 months to 3 years old and from 3 to 6 years old. During the Montessori sessions, children are free to choose the activities that meet their individual interests and developmental needs. Teachers observe and tailor lessons to each child’s capabilities, ultimately unlocking their innate potential.
Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world – Maria Montessori.
What are the differences between Montessori and traditional education?
The Montessori method
|Active lessons focus on personalized learning; children proactively learn through the multisensory materials.||Passive lessons focus on the teacher-centered approach.|
|A multi-age classroom acts as a real-life society combining different age groups, which fosters each child’s self-construction Children love doing their work and feel accomplished by completing their tasks.||Same-aged classrooms require such incentive elements as rankings or competition, etc.|
|Children are empowered to choose and decide on the activities of their interests.||Following a standardized curriculum,children have no choice but to work on the same tasks at the same time with no personal interests being taken into account.|
|The activities tailored to each child’s individual pace can help children stay focused on their work for a long time without any interruptions.||Whole-class activities: Each subject is implemented in an allotted time period. As a result, each child may be affected by the pace that the whole class follows.|
|Independence is promoted through the scientifically designed activities supporting each child’s optimal development.||Children become more dependent due to the fact that activities are done only by teachers.|
Self-assessmenttakes place when children know how to evaluate their work objectively through deploying materials properly and doing personal activities.
|Comparison amongst students in the classroom is the result of the teachers’ evaluation and grading. Children may consider themselves “the best” or “the worst” in the class.|
|The experimental education methodsoffer children first-hand and concrete experiences which will pave the way for the development of abstract perception.||The abstract educational approachescause children to memorize things mechanically.|
|The close interactions between teachers and childrenwill make the intellectual and psychological progress evaluations for children more accurate and complete.||The collective educational approaches hinder close interactions between teachers and children. Standards-based tests are used to evaluate the children’s progress.|
How does the Montessori method benefit the child?
- Fosters children’s fundamental cognitive, emotional, social, and artistic skills, as well as their physical development through purposeful lessons and activities.
- Shapes each child’s independence, self-discipline, concentration, and sharp observation of their surroundings.
- Allows children to seek and garner skills and knowledge appropriate to their ability level, ultimately arousing each child’s inborn desire to learn. Promotes each child’s confidence, critical thinking, and creativity.
- Promotes each child’s confidence critical thinking, and creativity.
- Harnesses each child’s perseverance and commitment to their chosen work.
- Facilitates each child to form independence, make judgements, and improve their problem-solving skills.
- Infuses a sense of paying heed to their community such as mutual helping and sharing.
Graduation accomplishments of the students attending Sakura Montessori