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Choosing a day care center for your child can be a difficult decision. The idea of leaving your child with someone else is hard enough, but when combined with curricula choices, it is nearly impossible. Montessori is one such curriculum option that child care centers use. If you do not know the details of the Montessori method, read on.
What is Montessori?
The Montessori method of child care was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It is a child-focused program that encourages children to work independently and learn from their surroundings. They use specially-designed, natural toys designed to focus on real-life experiences while avoiding electronics, and they train educators and staff on how to allow the child to lead.
What can I expect from a Montessori preschool?
Montessori preschools use a student-directed approach. This means that teachers stand back and let the children lead. Younger children learn from older children in multi-age classrooms. Toys and games are designed to allow the child to learn from their mistakes without the interference of an adult. While adults are less hands-on, they are still present to guide children, as needed.
What is the best age for Montessori?
While you can enroll your child in a Montessori program as early as six weeks old, it is typical for children to start Montessori preschool as toddlers. Children of all ages are welcome in the multi-age classroom that encourages children to learn from each other
Does Montessori really make a difference?
Studies show that this early independence helps low-income children immensely. When they are older, they perform better on standardized tests and have higher math and literacy skills than students who did not attend a Montessori child care center. The early learning methods work in helping them achieve their full potential, which was a goal of Dr. Montessori.
Is Montessori child care more expensive?
Montessori is not just a daycare center. The staff is specially trained in Montessori methods and the specially-designed Montessori toys are more expensive for the center to purchase. Daycare costs vary throughout the country. Your Montessori child care center may or may not be more expensive than other local options, but you are paying for the high-quality level of education that your child will receive.
Child care can be a difficult decision for many families. They want the very best care for their child and with a Montessori-based approach, they can get just that. Reach out to child care centers in your area to learn more.