Why should you choose Montessori as an educational option for your child? Where do you begin to educate yourself or others about Montessori?
A good place to start is with basic background information on Montessori. Since Montessori is often lumped into progressive or innovative buckets people assume it must be new. That it must be untested. That their child might be an educational guinea pig! Let’s begin with these facts first: Dr. Montessori opened her first “Children’s House” for children ages 1-6 in 1907, putting her years of research and observation into practice. An educational curriculum that is 110 years old and practiced throughout the world is well-tested and nothing new!
Other resources that may help lay the groundwork are:
- Start here at mariamontessori.com’s introduction page. It is intriguing and makes you want to learn more.
- Then pop over to the site’s FAQs for answers to more common concerns.
Still not convinced it is right for your child? Try the scientific approach. Dr. Montessori was a physician (the first female one in Italy!) and a scientist. All of her theories and practices were carefully crafted from observation and based on childhood development. Today because of brain scan technology we know that her theories over 100 years ago about how a child’s brain develops were spot on!
Dr. Steve Hughes is a pediatric neuropsychologist and president of the American Academy of Pediatirc Neuropsychology.
You can watch him discuss Montessori here:
Last but not least are two videos that show a Montessori school in action.
A Montessori Morning: A glimpse of a Montessori 3-6 year old classroom. This one gives us the warm fuzzies, big time!
Inside Melbourne Montessori School: A wonderful introduction and overview of a school as a whole.
Who could be reluctant knowing all this! If you are held back by not being able to afford a Montessori education, consider fighting for a public Montessori by joining us as a member of Friends of Montessori!