Every parent wants their kids to go through an education system which will improve the child’s psychological ability and cognitive abilities, before they face the modern day schooling system. Montessori method of education can be acclaimed to be such an education system. This method of education is named after its inventor, Dr. Maria Montessori, who also happens to be the first lady physician in Italy. In her lifetime, she studied the psychology of various children, and came around with the idea of a Montessori, where children will be able to learn about their surroundings, given an environment. Thus, started the culture of Montessori.
Maria Montessori believed that before the children are introduced to a schooling system, they should at least be willing to learn. Therefore, she invented new techniques of learning in a way that the world has never seen before. She believed that children perceive their world through their eyes, and once they are engaged with something, which would at the same time help them learn about the worldly matters, they would turn onto fast learners.
Today, the world is seeing a mass increase in student suicide, and one of the answer to student suicide is to induct students in to a Montessori learning environment when they are mere kids, and induct in them the will to learn.
Here, in this article, we will see 8 reasons as to why Montessori method of learning is the answer to some of our common problems and why it works.
We, as adults need to deal with our problems independently. We also choose independently on what course to take, to solve a possible problem. Similarly, it is very important that children are given that space to work on problems independently. The Montessori system of education does just that. The Montessori materials are so designed that; they are intuitive which allows the children to work on them independently.
While the modern day schooling system heavily relies on teachers and books, the Montessori education system relies on cognitive Montessori materials which help children to learn about things in a better way.
Sometimes, we as parents compare our children with their classmates, who may have performed better in an exam. This comparison makes them depressed, and they acknowledge that they have lost something.
A Montessori school is against comparing. Rather, they believe in a co-existence scenario, where every other child will co-learn and co-exist with the other, thereby building an environment, where everybody can learn equally. In the long run, this inspires the child to learn in the long run.
One of the main cognitive abilities that parents should see that their child achieves is the ability to observe and take decisions. Often in life, situations arise where we need to observe situations, and then take decisions based on the situation. Hence, it is very important that children pick up observing as a cognitive ability from a very tender age. Maria Montessori observed children for a long time, and developed Montessori materials, which the children needed and were very much interested in.
Hence, the Montessori materials helped the children enhance their observational skills, and at the same time interested them, in playing with them.
Teach by Teaching, Not by Correcting
Most of us have had bad experiences at school, where we were humiliated by our teachers for scoring bad in a specific paper. We all had copies which were covered with red marks, and comments from our teacher, about how badly we have fared in the exams.
But, this is not the case for the Montessori method of education. In this system, no student is humiliated or scolded for faring bad in an exam.
Teachers respect the likenesses of a student. No student is judged based on a single test. The teacher keeps a record of how the student is faring in all the exams, and observe the pattern of a student. Then, he/she takes out time and prepare special projects, which would aim to improve the child on the different aspects that the child lacks.
No Grades, No Punishments
Sometimes, we are judged solely based on what grades we get in exams, rather than on the fact what we have actually learnt in the course. In the Montessori education system, the focus is on what the child actually learns from the course.
In the Montessori education system, it is believed that children are bound to make a lot of mistakes, but it is important that they know, what they have done is wrong, and then they themselves take necessary actions to contemplate their wrong-doings. So, for instance, if a child breaks a glass or a plate, instead of scolding the child, the teacher asks the child to clean the waste up with him/her. By this, the teacher is making the child clean up his/her act, and at the same time, the child is learning that if he/she breaks something, then he/she also needs to clean it up.
In the modern day society, people lack morals a lot of time. Morals need to be inhibited in to a child when they are growing, and hence, one of the most important murals of Montessori education is morals. Children learn to speak politely with one another, help other human beings and to co-exist in a society through their learning environment.
Think Before Learning
Most of our schooling system compels us to learn about things, that we can’t really relate to, and hence, it becomes tough for a student to learn those concepts. In a Montessori education system, the lessons are made alive in class, to help the students relate to it through art, dance and subsequent Montessori materials.
In a Montessori system, there are no period divisions, where the child has to study only one subject for an elongated period of time. The environment is set, so that the children can move around and can play with any one Montessori material which relates to a subject. There is no limit as to how much a child can work on a piece of Montessori material. The teachers make sure that; the child at least works on a piece relating to every subject at least once in a day.
Montessori System of Education has been adopted by many countries around the world for improvising on the cognitive and psychological abilities of pre-school kids. And, it has also helped reduce stress in children at later point of time in their career. Go admit your kid now, in the nearest Montessori!