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How a Montessori Education Breeds Social Butterflies

Being able to effectively listen and communicate is one of the most valuable skills any child – or person – can have. Social learning is one of the most effective methods of learning possible, and one that children often don’t get to take advantage of in standard classrooms. These classrooms usually discourage free conversation between children, instead relying on them to listen and comprehend the curriculum to learn. Unfortunately, this limits the potential for both intellectual and social connections to be formed, taking away from the overall development of the child during a crucial developmental stage of their lives.

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Montessori classrooms understand the importance of social skills and social learning. Rather than discouraging communication, these classrooms use it as a cornerstone of their philosophy. Their emphasis on social interaction can be seen both in the classroom design itself as well as their approach to education.

The Classroom

A Montessori classroom’s setup is different from your standard classroom. Where you may often see rows of desks and a whiteboard, you will likely see a collection of group desks and a reading mat. These group desks are where children can sit and talk with each other, work with hands-on materials, and enjoy each other’s company. This is made even easier due to Montessori classrooms being stocked with a wide variety of learning materials certain to interest your child. Additionally, reading mats and other group areas offer places where kids can just be kids, relax, and make new friends.

The Philosophy

Montessori classrooms are based on the Montessori Method to education, which emphasizes hands-on and social learning as great ways for children to build greater connections to the materials they are being taught. When listening to a lesson, children can easily zone out, get bored, or flat out forget the information. This is because only one of their senses – their hearing – is being engaged.

When the students are encouraged to use their hands to learn, they are engaging sight, touch, and more which allows for them to better comprehend the materials. They can also communicate with their classmates, hearing and talking about the topics for further reinforcement.

Many parents fear that their child will struggle socially, but with early exposure they can develop into well-rounded social butterflies thanks to social learning. They will make more friends, be more interested in learning, and retain more information in a Montessori classroom.

February 20th, 2018

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Why Montessori Teachers Don’t Assign Homework

Homework is not something that many students, parents, or even teachers enjoy. Teachers have to grade it, parents have to help with it, and students have to worry about completing it on time. Despite its negatives, homework is still widely assigned in traditional school systems as a way of continuing the learning outside of the classroom. Because there is a lesser focus on the full understanding of topics during lessons, this homework often works as a patching together of the lesson through repetition.

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In a Montessori classroom, the focus on the lessons is much more emphasized than in traditional schooling, meaning that they don’t have to rely on repetition for students to learn and understand the information being taught. By emphasizing hands-on learning and taking the time to explore concepts in-depth, these classrooms work to build greater connections with the learning materials and content. This helps children to absorb, retain, and use the information more effectively, removing the need for homework and opening the free time to be better used.

Without needing to spend the time on homework, you and your child gain free time that can be spent working to improve your child’s development overall so that they can become well-rounded. To make the most out of this time, consider the following activities to encourage development.

Spend Time with Family and Relax

With so much new information being presented to them, kids can sometimes be overwhelmed by learning, and homework doesn’t help. Research has proven that taking time to relax and recharge allows children to see learning as less of a chore and more of an activity they enjoy and are motivated to do.

Spending time with family also helps to develop social skills and strengthen the bond with your child. Reading or watching TV together, talking, and other activities help children become more comfortable at home and help reinforce the importance of family, making them more likely to behave.

Explore Interests and Extracurricular Activities

Far too often children have to choose between homework and after-school activities. As demonstrated by the Montessori Method, activities and hands-on learning are just as important to development as learning new information. The lack of homework allows for children to play outside, join a sports team, and explore their own interests in order to develop greater coordination and a greater interest in learning.

Make Everyday Tasks Learning Opportunities

From collecting laundry to cracking eggs for a meal, there are tons of everyday tasks children can help with around the house. Including them in your routine can help to teach them valuable skills and encourage independence as they try new things and learn practical skills outside of the classroom.

Children of all ages dislike homework, and many would benefit from excluding it from the school curriculum entirely if it was replaced by a greater focus on learning in school. Fortunately, Montessori classrooms are ahead of the curve and already employ the best approach to help students develop into well-rounded children for years to come.

February 8th, 2018

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