The Montessori Method 

Why Montessori and How we implement it.

"The child who has the freedom and

opportunity to manipulate and use his

hands in a logical way, gains results using

real elements, develops a strong personality ”

(María Montessori - Creator of the

Montessori Method)

Myths about Montessori

"The child is not a glass to fill, but a source that we should let blossom"

(María Montessori - Creator of the Montessori)

Myth 1

 

“Children under the Montessori Method do whatever

they want”

One of the most common prejudices

of Montessori Schools and it is

also further from the truth.

 

On the contraty, children try to do everything they need for their development and the Montessori Method supports that principle.

 

Children feel free in an environment scientifically organized from them and respecting limits with no need of punishments.

Myth 2

"The Montessori Method does not follow an Educational Curriculum”

In fact, we expanded the traditional curricular program.

Being a methodology focused on the stages of the child, the preparation of the environment and materials requires rigorous planning regarding the aspects that form the integrality of

a human being.

 

This translates into a fully congruent curriculum with the ministerial objectives. Furthermore, children far outgrow the traditional

curricular program.

Myth 3

 

"Montessori children do not have a good performance in

SIMCE or PSU"

Several studies have shown that children who graduate from Montessori education have obtained a score significantly higher than children that went through the traditional educational system. ​

 

In addition to obtaining very good academic results, Montessori children do not lose their interest in learning; they go through life with more maturity, confidence and security.

 

Since the Montessori program allows the child to choose what they want from a young age, they have clarity when deciding what to study.

Myth 4

"The adaptation of a Montessori child to the Traditional educational system is very difficult”

The Montessori philosophy gives children the necessary tools to operate safely and effectively in life, completely independent of the environment.

 

The child develops the necessary skills to adapt to any context.

Myth 5

 

"The Montessori Education model is for some

children only"

Rather the Montessori Education

model is for certain Parents.

All children develop in the same way, and the Montessori model focuses on their development, however it is necessary that the Parents share this educational vision.

Myth 6

 

"Montessori model is

obsolete and outdated "

The system was created in the 20th century by Dr. Maria Montessori, who scientifically studied children in different countries around the world.

 

Based on her discoveries, she developed the Montessori method, which is increasingly receiving support from neuroscientists.

Why the Montessori Method?

"The child who has the freedom and opportunity to manipulate and use his hands in a

logical way, gains results using real elements, develops a strong personality ”

(María Montessori - Creator of the Montessori Method)

The Montessori Method’s provides the child a peaceful, tidy, clean, and scientific organized environment where every item has a special purpose. The class promotes respect,

sympathy, and social skill development within small groups.

Children are taugh limits so they can socialize with their peers and experience freedom within the class. Adults just observe and guide: it promotes the child to develop skills, allowing them to think and act by themselves, improving confidence and discipline at the same time.

 
 

Montessori Methodology 

"The child is not a glass to fill, but a source that we should let blossom"

(María Montessori - Creator of the Montessori)

1. Multi-Age Grouping

In the same room we bring together children of different ages:

  • Nido Class: brings together children from 2 to 3 year old.

  • Casa Class: brings together children from 3 to 6 year old.

This is an important part of the Montessori method, because it generates surprising dynamics of the children collaborating and imitating each other.

 

The little ones identify themselves with the older ones, to observe and imitate them. Meanwhile, the progression of the older ones increase when they help the little ones.

"A child who is able to re-explain a concept to a smaller one is reaching a higher level of mastery of the concept. And, most importantly, he becomes aware of the path his mind has traveled. All this has a positive impact on self-confidence and self-esteem."

(María Montessori)

2. Prepared Environment

The environment surrounding the child is scientifically prepared, creating spaces of interest. This is an environment that allows the child to develop their autonomy and independence. ​

 

This is where the Guides take action because the better the environment is prepared, the more the child will advance in his task of self-construction.

 

The same importance that the uterus has for the unborn child is the environment surrounding the child. This must be highly nutritious and contain in it, everything that the child requires for its development.

3. Freedom of Choice

In this stage of self-construction, we prioritize individual versus collective activities. The child is directed only towards the material that he chooses or in the manner he prefers to learn. ​

 

The freedom of choice allows children to connect with their own interests and validate themselves. The child does not follow instructions but he does what his spirit needs at that time for his development and self-construction. ​

 

If the child needs help, it will always be from the watchful eye of our Guides. With the freedom of choice, the child strengthens his self-confidence every day.

4. Clear Boundaries

The definition of clear boundaries is tremendously important at this stage. The child needs to know very clearly what is right and what is wrong; understanding this, helps them build a healthy and orderly self. ​

 

The boundaries that we establish define the care of oneself, the care of the child’s environment and the care of their peers.

5. No Prizes, No Punishments

We do not use prizes or punishments because these are ways of modeling behavior externally and not by one’s own desire.

 

At Mahay, we can keep an eye on the child developing his self-discipline skills, which ultimately shapes the child's behavior. In this way, the child observes what is commonly good, respecting himself, as well as his peers and their environment.

6. Freedom of Movement

The room is prepared methodically so the child can circulate to independently and safely wherever he needs.

 

The child has total freedom of movement in the room, even when they need to go to the bathroom. The interventions of the Guide are minimum depending on what the child needs.

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