Montessori as a Foreign Language. You have heard about it, know the basics, but really aren’t quite sure what it means. It reminds me of a trip with my little sister to
. I thought I knew the language, yet every time I simply tried to order tap water, I was served with a bottle of sparkling water and a bill for 6 Euros. Confusing. Truth is, while I knew the language, understanding it, was another story. France
And then we met a man.
He introduced us to 'His Paris'. As we slowly strolled through the famed fashion district, I studied him and his interactions with his fellow Parisians. That is when I came to understand, that knowing how to speak French and understanding the French are not the same thing.
The same holds true for the World of Montessori. What you may think you know about Montessori may be vastly different from what children actually experience as Montessori Students.
Allow me to give you a simple, yet comprehensive tour of Montessori. After gaining a better understanding of what makes a Montessori classroom, I invite you to schedule a visit, and experience it, as intimately as I experience
, for a day. Paris
Montessori Preschools (3 - 6 years)
Children in the primary program possess what Dr. Montessori called the absorbent mind, the ability to absorb all aspects of one's culture and environment without effort or fatigue. The primary classroom is made up of children varying from ages 3 to 6 years old. These young children are exposed to various lessons found in four main areas of the classroom - Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Math.
As an aid to this period of the child's self-construction, individual work is encouraged. The following areas of activity cultivate the children's adaptation and ability to express and think with clarity:
In a nutshell? Practical life looks like they are pouring water, but they are getting ready to dive into Math and Reading, with success.
In a nutshell? Sensorial work prepares the senses and entices the children into Math and Language, with a greater understanding of the vastness of their possibilities.
In a nutshell? Language happens while the kids play, and they learn to read, "All by Myself!!!"
In a nutshell? The children have fun, while exploring all that the world has to offer!
In a nutshell? Children love a challenge, and every math problem is a problem they are able to solve!!!