Now that you understood the concept of Montessori Education at a high level, you must be wondering whether you can admit your child into Montessori School and if yes, what is the right age to admit the kid into Montessori School isn’t it?. This part is dedicated to answering this question and other related questions of yours.
As per Dr. Maria Montessori philosophy, most of the Montessori schools are equipped to support the learning of the children from birth to middle/secondary schools. Having said that, as most of the parents wouldn’t be sending their child, during his/her infancy stages. But, most of the Montessori schools start their admissions around 1.5/2.5 years of age, depending on the individual school.
The toddler environment within the Montessori schools is designed to keep their curious minds busy by engaging all their senses. The Montessori method takes the playtime of the toddlers to a totally different level by combining it with various learnings. Children here tend to learn while playing.
Here, in this toddler environments, the activities provided to the children will guide them to participate and complete them, instead of sitting to the side as bystanders. This will improve their sense of accomplishment and independence in the children.
In the Montessori schools, the learning with ease and in a playful way. The children who were admitted into the Montessori schools at an early age would definitely show a good grasp even on the abstract subjects like Geography and Geometry by the time they enter into the Elementary classrooms.
The additional advantage of Montessori schools is that – these schools provide the platform to develop and improve the social and soft skills of the children in addition to the academics. This is a primary concern of most of the parents, as the soft skills are becoming more and more important in the ever-changing competitive world outside the schools.
Right time of Admission into Montessori Schools
That is the primary reason, why most of the Montessori schools open their admissions at a younger age (around 1.5 years of age) and wouldn’t be opening their admissions for the older kids. Very few schools open their admissions only till kindergarten. Older children entering the Montessori schools would do well in this new situation, but again it primarily depends on their previous educational experiences and the way they have been raised at home.
So it’s best to admit the child as early as possible so that the child will enjoy the learning process and wouldn’t rob them of their childhood joy and wonder. At the same time, the Montessori schools provide a solid foundation to the children.
The research time and again proved the Montessori kids perform better in both academic and behavior tests. Also, the best part is that they become good humans who can see the world through other eyes and empathize. Isn’t this the trait, we want to inculcate in our kids?
The below article has been published in the Science journal based on extensive research which proves the points said above in this article.
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Dear Reader, this is this second part of the eight-part Montessori Method and its philosophy Series and please stay tuned for further updates on the same topic. You would get to read about the tips and tricks to identify the right Montessori school for your child in the next part.
I dedicate this post to my mentor, guru @Sunitha Subramaniam for introducing me to the Montessori World on this Teachers day.