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The Montessori Choice is a Natural Choice (Part #2)

The Montessori Choice is a Natural Choice: 

Often parents come to the realization that Montessori is the perfect alternative that can deliver all the benefits of homeschooling.

Regarding traditional schools, Maria Montessori wrote: “education is…largely directed toward the suppression or bending of the child’s will, and the substitution for it of the teachers will which demands from the child unquestioning obedience.”  The Montessori Method is based around the finding that children have an inherent desire to learn.  Montessori schools provide an individual program enriched with hands- on learning materials that focus on practical life skills. The classrooms are designed to mimic a forest, where children can walk freely.

Maria Montessori realized that the goal of education should be creating independence for students. She found that teachers are most effective when working as observers, directing the innate psychological development of children. A Montessori school feels like a home.

Montessori schooling has created some of the most innovative minds of our time, such as Google, Wikipedia, and Amazon founders. Montessori education provides students with freedom to pursue their own interests, inspiring a genuine life-long passion for learning.

“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not just by listening to words, but also by experiences in the environment.”- Maria Montessori

Schedule a tour today to discover why Dearcroft Montessori School is your natural choice.

Open House is Saturday, October 21st, 2017 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

The Montessori Choice is a Natural Choice (Part #1)

Alternatives From The Traditional Schooling System:

A lot of times we hear from parents, “my child was not thriving in a traditional setting and so we decided to find other options.”  Some possibilities for parents that are looking for alternatives from the traditional schooling system include homeschooling their children and a Montessori education.

In a traditional classroom setting, classes are centred around one teacher standing at the front of the class, providing the same lesson to thirty students.  This approach can be hard for the students. Some might miss the lesson because they feel overwhelmed with this learning style, others might be distracted and just not be paying attention; they usually work on it for a bit and move on to the next lesson. Teachers are under such strict guidelines. Where is the enjoyment in this style of learning?

Education is perhaps the most critical component to a child’s development, with a lasting legacy that permeates throughout our lifetime.  As parents we want to give our children the best start, and most importantly our children need to feel fulfilled, happy, inspired and nurtured.  Unfortunately many parents are finding the opposite when they send their children to a traditional school.

 Homeschooling can be an alternative for some parents:

  • They want school to feel like a home (traditional school can feel like an institution)
  • They want a smaller class size to help increase focus (traditional school classroom sizes are too large)
  • Parents feels like they can teach their child better than the school can (child not thriving in a traditional setting)
  • Parents can teach a lesson in a shorter time period and have opportunity for other experiences (feeling like the days are too long; too much time sitting on a school bus, lots of time wasted while waiting for the group)
  • Want to teach a particular religion
  • They want their child to have a positive experience (some face negative experiences and frustration in traditional settings)

Homeschooling is a nice opportunity for families that are able to manage it. However, we hear from parents that they would love to stay home and teach their children, but are just not able to do so based on various factors in their lives, or their desire to ensure their children have a social experience and the benefits that come with being in a group.

….to be continued.

Oakville’s Original Montessori School

Maria Montessori

Early in the 1900’s a method was developed by a woman way beyond her time. Maria Montessori grew up in Italy in the 1800’s and was the first female to graduate from medical school in Italy. After working with children in the insane asylums of Rome, she shifted her focus from being a Medical Doctor to becoming an educator. She had an initial breakthrough when she was selected to run a school for one of the slums in Rome. Montessori created her first Casa dei Bambini, also known as Children’s home, in the 1900’s. It was very successful and eventually her method expanded worldwide.

“I have studied the child. I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori Method”.

~Maria Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori’s method was based upon observing children in their environment, and is very different from a traditional school.   The roots of Montessori’s method are found in the natural way children learn. The approach builds the foundation for a lifetime of self-fulfillment because each individual child learns at their own pace and therefore gets to enjoy and experience what they are learning.

At Dearcroft Montessori School our experienced staff take great pride in offering a warm and engaging environment for students, providing programs for toddlers through Grade 8. Celebrating 50 years of leadership and innovation, Dearcroft Montessori School, founded in 1968, is Oakville’s original Montessori School and one of the first Canada-wide. It is situated within walking distance of downtown Oakville on a historic two-acre property. Dearcroft is CCMA accredited and a founding member of the Oakville Independent Schools.

Come Discover Why Dearcroft Montessori School is your Natural Choice…

Open House Dates 2017/2018

Saturday October 21st, 10:00 am – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday February 3rd, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.