a little boy on his way to Montessori School with his backpack

Why did the UK ROYALS send Prince George to a Montessori Preschool

With all the money in the world, the Royal family chose to send Prince George to a small Montessori school….Do you wonder why?

 

If you observed a Montessori class in action, you will instantly see why!

There is just so much happening in a Montessori classroom and teaching happens very differently to a traditional classroom…

You will observe the following in the Montessori classroom that is so strikingly different from any non-Montessori classroom:

 

Children work independently and at their own pace

  • Learning happens naturally in a Montessori classroom. You will see a Montessori child walking in to the classroom like they own the place…and they do! It is their workplace and they love it!
  • You will see children choosing their materials and working independently. They learn from each other rather than from the teacher’s instructions.
  • The teacher observes and presents a material at the appropriate time to a child as and when the child is ready to progress to the next level of the material.

 

Children as active participants in the class.

  • Montessori provides education for the whole child and does not limit the child to learning Math and language within the classroom.
  • Children actively learn to care:

For themselves – dressing, brushing, combing etc..

For others – sharing, helping, socializing etc…

For their environment: looking after the materials, cleaning, looking after pets / garden

  • Children contribute thoughts, ideas, knowledge in their classroom, their school, their family and to their community.
  • Montessori does not see the child as a miniature person who needs to be imposed by all the knowledge from the teacher but as a valuable contributor and a small adult who is capable of so much.

 

Montessori Materials Are Educational Manipulative Materials.

  • Montessori materials are very attractive and highly educational.
  • Materials allow the children to manipulate and learn through discovery. They also allow the children to stretch their imagination and explore in numerous ways.
  • Learning is not limited to the curriculum or the teaching of the teacher.
  • Children learn in a sequence: from concrete to abstract, from simple to complex.

 

Montessori caters to children of all intelligence   

  • Whether a child is word smart, number smart, picture smart, body smart, music smart, self smart or people smart they will thrive in a Montessori environment. The freedom in the Montessori classroom allows the child to use their own learning modality or strengths.

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