The Montessori Method was designed to enhance the possibilities of learning for all children, of every age range. Maria Montessori observed what she called "sensitive periods" in the development of a child. These sensitive periods are times in a child's life when certain activities and behaviors are most often observed. If the child is able to participate in these activities when most interested, then learning will become easier and the child will become more engaged in what s/he is doing. The Montessori curriculum was designed to offer children learning opportunities in a challenging and inspiring way as soon as they are ready for it.
Children in Montessori educational programs are separated into multi-aged classrooms. This arrangement has many benefits.
- Increased Confidence – Being the youngest in a new environment is usually a little intimidating at first. As time passes, every student is able to see others working on materials that they’ve mastered and can watch themselves improve as they begin to tackle work that only the older students were doing at one point in time.
- Learning to be Leaders – The oldest children in each classroom are looked at as leaders. They understand the expectations of the classroom and have experience with most of the work that is to be done in class. The younger students are able to see the confidence and knowledge that has been acquired by the older students, and readily aspire to emulate their older peers.
- Peer Mentorship – Not only are there multiple age ranges, but there are multiple skill levels as well. Because every child is working at his/her own pace, there will probably be a few students who have already done what you’re doing, so we encourage children to ask for help and to help others when needed.
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