What is The Montessori Education ?
Montessori Education was created around the turn of the last century by Italian physician Maria Montessori. It quickly became popular in Europe and came to North America around 1912. The model is most often used in early childhood education, but the principles are used in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the country.
Montessori education highlights various concepts of childhood development and education that emphasize independence and non-conventional measures of achievement. Within the method, children are encouraged to:
- Work through discovery rather than specific instruction
- Use materials made out of natural elements like wood rather than plastic.
- Choose their own activities from a set of options.
- Work at their own pace.
- Have uninterrupted blocks of time to play and learn.
- Expand their absorbent minds.
- Work in an environment prepared to meet their needs.
One of the most important principles of Montessori Education is that children should be treated with respect, to freely initiate their own learning processes. Feeling respected encourages them to develop their sense of self.
Montessori Education is based on specific development stages or planes. These planes are essential for understanding how children are learning and how they see the world and helping them have the materials they need to thrive.
Montessori Box Development Stages
Children in the first plane use their senses to understand the world and explore.
12 to 18 months
Children begin to move from concrete to abstract reasoning and have a vivid imagination. Children of this age also explore topics of interest.
18 to 24 months
Children are working to understand the adult world.
24 to 36 months
Children can independently accomplish activities themselves by imitating the adult world. This then gives them a sense of accomplishment and develops a high self-esteem.
3 to 6 years
Your child continues to practice self-directed activities and increase positive outcomes as a result.
7 to 10 years
Encouraging reasoning and progress of the creative mind. This period develops stability, growth, and transformation.
How the Montessori Box compliments Montessori Learning at home
As a company creating bilingual, curated boxes, the Montessori Box specializes in helping you create the perfect learning environment for your child. Our boxes include materials specific to different stages of development that encourage your young learner to respond to their environment.
Our boxes are designed for the first four planes of Montessori development. Each box includes four to five educational activities as well as cards explaining their purpose.
- Practical life items
- Numbers and letters
- Musical instruments
- Maria Montessori inspired books
- Textured materials
- And more…
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