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If you have been looking into summer programs for kids, you may have come across a few that advertise themselves as Montessori programs. If your child does not go to a Montessori school year-round, then you probably don't know what this means. The Montessori method is an approach to education that was introduced by Dr. Maria Montessori in the late 1900s.
The method has been tweaked over the years, but it remains a popular and effective method for teaching children to think and explore independently. Here is a look at what you can expect if you enroll your child in a Montessori-style summer program.
The Montessori approach focuses on encouraging the child to explore on their own, rather than sit through forced verbal lessons and activities. Your child may have the choice between several interactive activities; he or she can engage in the one he or she likes best. The activities are designed to teach your child soft skills, like cooperation, as well as more concrete material, like the seasons or the alphabet. The activities vary, of course, depending on your child's age and education level. However, you can expect them to be mostly hands-on.
Multiple Age Groups Together
At some summer programs, children may be grouped together by age, but this is not the case in Montessori programs. Children of multiple age groups are placed together in one learning environment. This allows the younger children to learn, both socially and academically, from the older children. They can watch the older children and mimic their actions.
The older children also gain something from this approach. They learn to teach others, and they often learn the material better because they are explaining it to younger students. Older students also learn to be good role models since the younger children are always watching them.
Teachers as Guides, Not Dictators
In the Montessori approach, teachers and caretakers are seen more as guides rather than authority figures. They will help guide your child to the activities he or she most needs or wants to engage in, but they will not force anything on your child. The Montessori philosophy posits that there are "sensitive periods" during which children are willing and ready to learn certain skills.
If your child is not ready to engage in a certain activity or learn certain material, the teacher will take it as a hint that he or she has not yet reached the sensitive period for that material. The material will be set aside until later so your child can focus on other skills he or she is ready to learn right now.
If you have any questions about the Montessori approach or how it is implemented at a specific summer program, don't hesitate to ask.