We've written before about the common misconceptions people hold with regards to Montessori education. The Montessori method is a complex educational framework, so it's understandable that there would be some misinformation floating around. If you're considering Montessori education for yourself or your family, it's important to have the real information.
More so than ever before, humans are researching the ways in which we teach and learn, analyzing what the most effective methods for conveying information are. Alongside, and as a result of this, humans are also developing new educational philosophies, materials, and delivery systems at an ever increasing rate. It can be difficult to keep up!
Working in a Montessori school, you hear many misconceptions about the Montessori method. A few of these misconceptions contribute to significant misunderstandings and misgivings about the Montessori philosophy! When looking at schools for your family, it's important to wade through the misinformation and base your choices on the real facts.
Parent Child Visit Day
Each year Kingsley hosts a special event known as Parent Child Visit Day. One of the highlights of the school year, this event gives parents the opportunity to come into the classroom and not only observe, but participate in the work and learning of their children. Students proudly prepare their favorite and most important pieces of work to share with the adults in their lives, and are thrilled to have the opportunity to show off what they've learned.
Homework: Parent Discussion
The Kingsley Coffee Talk series continued this week with a focus on supporting homework at home. At Kingsley we view homework as a purposeful extension of classroom academics to help students build healthy work routines, increase their work stamina, and establish time management skills, as well as independence with their own work, all while having a positive experience. Our main points in helping support homework at home were:
Preschool Parent Involvement
Parental and family involvement in a student's education, especially at the youngest levels, is critical for a positive, potential-filling experience in school and at home. A recent study looked into the implications of familial involvement in preschool, and how that involvement can be fostered by the school.
A recent study into the psychology of real and imagined play in children offers new support to one of the hallmarks of the Montessori method. The research, conducted by Prof. Angeline Lillard, and published in the journal Developmental Science, aims to determine whether children prefer imaginary play, or real activities for their "play" time.
Students in the Lower Elementary Science classes utilize their knowledge of scientific modeling, city planning, and water systems, to create detailed water system models for their hypothetical cities.
Physical activity is an important and necessary component of the school day, especially for younger children. The Montessori method encourages students to engage in physical activity; from manipulating various Montessori materials, to selecting their own work and carrying it to their work stations.