January Newsletter 2019

Welcome Back!

We hope that your Winter break was fun and relaxing. We have had so much fun these first weeks back with your children and we look forward to some great experiences in 2019.

As we get back into the rhythm of the school year, please be aware of important upcoming dates. We will send yearbook information in February, with early-bird pricing on yearbooks going through March. Our Fun Food Friday program continues, with order forms for both January and February available in the office if you or your student have misplaced the copy sent home with them. Keep in mind that the first Hot Lunch of February falls on the 1st. Because of that, to make sure your students get their lunch if you plan to order it, please do so in January.

See below for more important reminders, upcoming events, and information on re-enrollment for 2019-2020.

Don't miss the re-enrollment window! Packets went home with students on 1/16.

 

 

Dear Parents,

With a new school year coming up soon, your friends and family might be asking what drew you to the Montessori method of education. Of course you could cite the friendships your children have made or the teachers who have shaped their lives, but it is equally important for those prospective students and their parents to know what it is that makes a Montessori education so valuable in these early years.

I would like to share an article from our Montessori friends in Australia who outline five ways in which our approach benefits students:

 

1. Key Developmental Stages

Montessori is a scientific method of education that is focused on the key developmental stages that all children move through on their way to adulthood. In each of these stages, children are in a sensitive period for learning different skills and activities that will help them reach their next developmental milestone. Doctor Maria Montessori believed that if children were provided with the opportunities to explore and practice these skills, they would make extraordinary progress. This is why the Montessori method of education has been designed around the unique development needs of the child. The Montessori curriculum, classroom structure, and learning materials have been tested, refined, evaluated, and proven across age groups, countries, and cultures to support and nurture the full developmental potential of the child.

 

2. Social Development and Collaboration

In a Montessori classroom, children are grouped with different ages and are encouraged to collaborate and help each other. This structure to the learning environment encourages children to share and work cooperatively to explore different areas of the Montessori curriculum. Based on the nature of the classroom environment, children learn to respect each other, develop the skills of collaborative problem solving, and build a sense of community.

 

3. Child Centered, Teacher Guided

The Montessori classroom is a prepared learning environment where children are free to choose from a range of developmentally appropriate activities. Teachers in the Montessori classroom are there to guide and facilitate the learning experience. They take the lead from the children in the classroom, ensure the ground rules are followed, and encourage children to work independently and at their own pace. Allowing children to direct their own learning enables them to learn in an enjoyable way and develop an enthusiasm for learning, along with self-discipline, independence and positive self-esteem.

 

4. Self-Assessment and Intrinsic Motivation

Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori learning experience. As children progress through the education program, they learn to look critically at their work, recognize and correct their mistakes, and learn from their errors. By providing children with the freedom to question, probe deeply, and make connections, Montessori students learn to become confident, self-motivated learners that have an intrinsic love of learning. In this way, Montessori education cultivates engaged learners with a positive and confident approach to life-long learning.

 

5. Learning for Life

Research conducted by a group of Psychologists in the US, published in the 2006 journal Science, examined the abilities of children taught at a Montessori school compared to a systemic school. The research determined that children who attended Montessori schools were more creative, socially adjusted, and had the ability to adapt to changing and complex problems, which have been seen as predictors of future school and life success. In addition, the research determined that 5-year-old Montessori students were better prepared for reading and math, and that 12-year-olds’ wrote ‘significantly more creative essays’ using more ‘sophisticated sentence structures’. Montessori children also displayed a greater sense of ‘justice and fairness’, interacted in an ‘emotionally positive way’, and were less likely to engage in ‘rough play’ during break times.

In summary, Montessori education cultivates children’s natural desire to learn and achieve their full potential by providing them with the foundations for future growth. Montessori graduates range from the founders of Google and Amazon.com, to Rhodes scholars and artists, through to well-adjusted goal-orientated professionals. Doctor Maria Montessori’s understanding of how and why children learn allows the Montessori classroom to create an excellent foundation for children’s learning that opens the doors to education for life.

Source: Montessori Academy