There are so many things to pick and choose when having a child. Is this the right car seat? Stroller? Crib? Diapers? The list goes on and on, and there seems to be many answers to what seem like simple questions. It can get overwhelming! Most daunting is the choice of education and care. You might ask yourself why deciding an avenue of education so early is so important, but studies show that the first few years of life are the most impressionable for our children, and lay a foundation for their future. Now, don't stress out yet! You're already on the right track, researching and asking yourself these important questions. So, which educational method should you go with? With so many educational options out there, why should Montessori be your choice?
Here are a few reasons why:
The Absorbent Mind: Dr. Maria Montessori discovered through her observations that children absorb their surroundings like a sponge in the first few years of their lives. They experience Sensitive Periods, or areas of need and interest, that can be met in a prepared environment (the Montessori classroom) by certified Montessori Guides.
Intrinsic Motivation: Independence is developed through the work and structure provided within a Montessori environment. When a child learns to do for themselves, they achieve a sense of hard work and motivation from within.
Integrated Curriculum: Montessori combines many elements to bring together a beautiful, and functional learning environment. A guide (teacher) is present to observe and help, but not obstruct learning. The environment is created to meet sensitive periods and areas of development that include motor skill development, order, concentration, practical life, care of self and space, creative expression, movement, and communication. Bringing all of these elements together creates a space that provides freedom within limits for each child to safely explore and grow.
Small Class Sizes: Most infant and toddler programs have small ratios, allowing one on one attention from guides if needed, and more space to move, learn, and dive deep into areas of development.
Montessori is a special method of education that can meet the needs of all kinds of families and children. For early ages, such as infant and toddler, Montessori lays a foundation of independence, concentration, and inquisitiveness that will be valuable for the rest of your child's life. Start out strong with the Montessori Method of Education.