Montessori Programs

Written by Tara Peris
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Montessori programs have expanded over the last decade so that there are now numerous offerings for every student age group. From stimulating activities for infants to programs designed to help adults, Montessori programs remain among the most effective approaches to learning. They can be used at any time to teach almost any subject.

In its early stages, Montessori schooling was designed for preschool and early elementary school children. The idea was that you could use Montessori methods to form a foundation of skills on which children could build throughout the remainder of their schooling. The success of these early programs, however, sparked numerous offshoots which have themselves been extremely successful.

New Montessori Programs

One problem with limiting Montessori to the early years of education is the difficulty many parents have reintegrating their children into mainstream classrooms. It is not uncommon to hear parents complain that their first or second grade child is bored out of her mind by the traditional curriculum in public schools. Indeed, after a year or two in a Montessori classroom, she is likely well ahead of her peers academically.

The solution to this problem has been to capitalize on the success of early Montessori programs by extending them across the lifespan. Indeed, the Montessori philosophy is one that is meant to be adopted for a lifetime, as students learn to seek out their own learning opportunities. With this in mind, there is no need to limit a Montessori education to one or two years.

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