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The Montessori method of education centers on developing the child's whole self and allowing a child to lead that development. Respecting the child is at the core of this approach.
A Montessori environment is carefully planned and prepared to meet the needs of the child. The child has liberty within that environment to choose materials based on interest and ability. Every material has a lesson given by the directress or guide.
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No, Montessori is not based on religion. Similar to public education, Montessori is a secular education system. In other words, respect is given to all religions.
There are many positive aspects of Montessori education and Montessori preschools are indeed a unique & a beautiful thing.
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There are main areas Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Geography, and History. Art is often a separate area of the classroom. Children begin in Practical Life and then move onto the other areas and complete works simultaneously.
The preference is to begin the child as early as possible in a Montessori setting. An infant and toddler program will help the child develop the routines and skills he or she will come to crave as growth continues.
Early childhood classrooms are the most readily available. This is the ideal starting point for most families. Three-year age groupings allow older students to mentor younger students.
A child coming midway into the environment as a four- or five-year-old may have gaps in the knowledge of the classroom sequence. It also limits the mentoring possibilities.
Normalization of the child allows for the routines and skills to be established at an early age. Older children oftentimes have a more difficult time developing these skills.
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Imagine the parts of the tree: roots, trunk, and branches. Each of these parts illustrates a different Montessori age grouping. The roots represent the fundamental principles that each child gains through his or her experience in the early childhood classroom: order, concentration, control, and independence. The trunk represents the areas of the classroom that the children are exposed to in early childhood: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, and cultural.
There are many reasons the Montessori environment can be a beneficial environment for children on the spectrum. These include social interactions and life skills as well as the individualized curriculum. Social interactions can help these children build relationships and help them learn appropriate behaviors. Life skills provide children with proficiencies to succeed in their daily lives by providing independence through materials. The individualized curriculum focuses on the level where the child is and how they will get to the next level within their abilities.