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What is a Montessori?

Many people can confuse the Montessori school system with a private Magnet school, but it is actually a pre-elementary school to help young children develop strong cognitive processes. The creator of the Montessori schooling system, Maria Montessori, wanted to create an atmosphere that would help improve the process of mental development, and to help a child focus on one subject in school instead of using all other different subjects. The common age for children to attend a Montessori school is between the ages of three to five (Dohrmann). The complex parts of a Montessori school can sometimes be looked down at, but every component of this schooling system is used to help each child develop into a strong young adult. The Montessori system uses ideas such as no toys, little social interaction, and different teaching methods.

Materials Over Toys

In a typical Montessori classroom, toys such as trucks or dolls are not an option for students to play with. Instead, the classroom is filled with useful or household materials that help the children enhance their individual thinking. Some of the typical materials include puzzles, geometric pattern games, blocks, mops, brooms, etc. There is only one set of each material in the classroom, "the idea being to promote a spirit of collegiality among children without ever explicitly demanding it" (Lane). Although the materials provided may seem unfit for the age of the students, Maria Montessori, the creator of the first Montessori school, "believed that all children have an innate affinity to work, that if the work is meaningful, children will approach it with exuberance and a seriousness of purpose" (Lane).
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Teaching Methods

Unlike other school systems, Montessori teachers act as a guide rather than a teacher (Lane). The teachers job is to observe, or at times offer suggestions as to how to use one of the materials. The teachers limited role allows for the students to decide how to spend their time, thus allowing the children to be fully engaged in whatever they're doing. Many positives come from this style of learning such as little to no fighting over materials, freedom of movement throughout the classroom, and interaction through all five senses. Students also aren't completing tasks with the hope of receiving praise from the teacher for their accomplishments, but instead to master the activity they're working on.
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Less Social Interaction?

Some parents worry about sending their child into the Montessori program because of the lack of social interaction. Taking toys out of the social equation can be very confusing and make it sound like children aren't getting the classic childhood experience, but that is incorrect. A study implements an example that counteracts the false assumptions of the Montessori schooling system by showing that 12-year-olds who came from Montessori's showed a more positive response to negative social problems (Dohrmann). Also, even though the students receive less playtime, they still are very creative. The study goes on to show that the same 12-year-olds created essays that were more creative than the normal middle school student (Dohrmann). Montessori's can show simple reasons why are very different to the usual schooling system, but the results are astounding. Children who received a Montessori education reported having a higher IQ and received better grades on standardized tests than the average student.
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