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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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Building Self Esteem the Montessori Way

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Self esteem is not an innate skill that each child is born with. Confidence and self respect are characteristics that need to be nurtured and encouraged in a Montessori environment. Feeling good about oneself is one of the key ingredients to a healthy and productive life. Those with lower self esteem tend to miss out on more opportunities and be generally more unhappy than those with a healthy level of confidence.

Learning Through Teachers

Montessori educators are not your run-of-the-mill teachers. They are nurturing guides that help push each child to reach their full potential in the most natural way possible. Instead of lecturing and stating orders from the front of the room, Montessori teachers move with the children and are fully focused on each child’s needs. A Montessori teacher understands where each child stands in their development. This ensures that each child’s emotional and educational needs are met and they are encouraged to reach the next level.

Montessori teachers also teach independence though self correction. They do not hover but allow children to discover things for themselves and step in when they are needed. This way, students feel confident in their decisions while simultaneously feeling the support of the teacher backing them up.

Learning Through Peers

In any community, you will not find people of only one age group. This concept is also applied to a Montessori classroom. There is generally a three year age range in any given Montessori class. Older children mentor the younger and the younger learn through example. Older children easily identify gaps in their own knowledge when teaching younger kids. This encourages them to go and seek info they are missing. Younger children look up to their older peers and become determined to reach their level. This brother and sister type environment is an extremely effective and natural way to instill a strong self esteem and build the foundation for independence.

Learning to be sure of oneself and independent is best done in a natural and unforced environment. The Montessori classroom is designed to do just that. Everything is a well thought out system designed to give each child the absolute best chance of reaching their potential without any unnecessary stress or pressure. This makes the Montessori environment much more like a high functioning community rather than a strict traditional classroom.

April 13th, 2017

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