Love of Learning is a quality often used to describe Montessori children. This video illustrates the difference.
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“Nurturing the Love of Learning” was produced by the American Montessori Society. It shows how Montessori education nurtures learning for children who are 3-6.
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- In a Montessori environment the emphasis is on cognitive development and the instruction is mainly individual. There are most often mixed age groups together in one classroom, a range from 6-9, or 3-6, a more naturalized setting, where each child can excel in different ways.
- The child works at their own pace, they may repeat a lesson as many times as they feel they need to develop their sense of understanding fully and absorbing completely all aspects of their interest in the lesson. As well, they can move forward to the next material easily as they are ready to add more to their understanding.
- Children are encouraged to teach, collaborate, and help each other. Sometimes learning how to do something from their classmate enhances their ability to understand the lesson. Showing their classmate how to do the lesson, often crystalizes their understanding of the material.
- Teacher has an unobtrusive role in classroom activity; the child is an active participant in learning. The teacher is a guide to the materials, the lessons, and helps focus the child’s progression; the child is the active learner, conveying their interest and enthusiasm, or need for clarity, or desire for more.
- A Prepared Environment and Method encourages self-discipline in the child. Having the ability to focus and the sense of relaxed learning stimulates in the child a sense of co-planning and self-command for their actions, desires, and fulfillment.
Montessori children are unusually adaptable. They have learned to work independently and in groups. Since they’ve been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem-solvers who can make appropriate choices and manage their time well.
They have been encouraged to exchange ideas and discuss their work freely with others. Their good communication skills ease the way when they move on to new academic settings.
Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is high self-esteem. Our Montessori program, based on self-directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop strong self-images and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism.