So before I was a mom before I was anything really, I met the most captivating young lady someone who’s inspired me to all I am today, someone I aspired to be exactly like: I met my future “boss” and this is where my love for teaching and Montessori came from.
Being brought into the Montessori Environment was very new to me and not much about it 15 years ago but something I fell in love with from the get go-more so cause it meant I could work and teach children which has always been my passion.
Completing the course and learning all the ins and outs you learn how some things are great in theory and practically it’s not.
There are so many different reviews on Montessori but I feel the way our environment is established it works amazing.
It’s great when people ask! What do you do? and you answer- I teach Montessori -and how what they’ve heard influences how they feel about Montessori.
Montessori really suits every child just not every parent. I work in an environment where we’ve taken the best from theory of Montessori and adapted to introducing mainstream activities into our day, as many schools don’t go all the way up to higher grades in Montessori.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.
Although in theory everything works out the main objectives we practice in our environment is self correction, independence and developing through the senses in a nurturing home away from home environment.
So in our environment which is different from that in a traditional Montessori the children still have a structured routine and playtime as well as still bringing in fantasy and extra mainstream learning time.
Although with Montessori they believe in fantasy only after the age of 7 (as it’s believed the child’s brain is only able to distinguish reality from fiction from after 7 ) so instead of promoting kids to be superheroes and princesses they encourage more “real” play children dressing up as doctors nurses fireman and teachers and role playing actual real life characters apposed to those fictional characters they watch on tv. Although I do agree with that method children are only small for such a short period of time and what is a childhood without believing in Father Christmas and the tooth fairy. I feel there are many things that should still be left to child’s imagination as this creates and keeps their innocence.
So this is exactly the balance I believed in and found a school that is exactly that- this is where my beautiful journey began. Working one on one with each child in the class having small ratio of teacher and child makes it possible to give your individual input and attention accordingly.
Having the opportunity to work the way I’ve been taught and the freedom to do any extension in my class has kept me motivated year in and year out to continue to strive to give every child the best of me I can.
Montessori in itself is a beautiful way of teaching and it works!
Our children leave with all the tools needed to cope in
A grade 0/1 environment.
The best thing about being a teacher is to watch the amazing growth that takes place in these children and not only to be their mommies when their mommies are at work but to challenge them in every development as from the ages of 0-7 the child’s brain is like a sponge and it just absorbs why not fill it with all the philosophies of the world. As nothing in a Montessori environment is off topic they learn about continents, flags, cultures of the world, cutting, gross motor and many many fine motor skills.
We also have the added advantage of working closely with OT and Physio therapists aiding us in understanding the different milestones and making sure all our children are reaching their milestones accordingly.
As grade 1 is no longer the introduction it used to be 20 years ago the system has many high expectations so if you can start early why not ? especially if children are learning through play and play in a Montessori environment is actually “work” Every activity is created to work on one or more senses at a time and with doing all activities left to right top to bottom this aids in reading and writing later on.
Go on research it, if you’re unsure what environment best suits your child go visit a Montessori school and see for yourself what makes all these children able to reach their full potential or been given the opportunity to be exposed to an environment where this is possible.
Keep following and I’m going to do a segment on how to help your child at home if you feel he/she is struggling st school and some fun new ideas and things you can do from home to help improve on their difficulties.
hope this has intrigued you to find out more.
As always warm wishes,