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Why Bother Learning Cursive?

Why Learn Cursive

At Dearcroft Montessori, children in the Casa classroom (ages 3-5 yrs) learn cursive. Many children find it far less taxing because of the natural flow and are able to avoid common reversals, such as ‘b’ and ‘d’.

The activities they begin with in Casa may seem basic, but all activities have hidden goals that help reinforce Language and math literacy. Within writing, children often first learn by seemingly unrelated activities, such as cleaning tables.

While it would appear to have nothing to do with literacy, they are taught to wipe from left to right in a natural flow which starts them into the sequential steps of writing. From there they often begin tracing sounds on sandpaper letters, then forming those same letters in the sand, and finally writing on chalkboards. This is an example of how Dr. Maria Montessori materials were designed to be multi-sensory, sequential, and self-correcting.

http://www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/why-im-teaching-my-kid-cursive

Current research validates our observations, proving that handwriting activates neural circuits allowing students to find greater success in several different facets.

Here is a link to an article that outlines some of the reasons why our Casa students practice cursive.

https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/36080/does-losing-handwriting-in-school-mean-losing-other-skills-too

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.