Every Parent Should Know These Proven Outcomes of the Montessori Program

Research demonstrates lasting benefits from Montessori education.

Prospective parents often come with questions concerning the kinds of results they can expect from a Montessori education. They come in wanting something different – something better – for their children, but many are also concerned about stepping too far away from the status quo.

Montessori ProgramDo classes here meet standard state requirements?

Will my child be able to achieve academic success?

How do Montessori-educated students score on standardized tests?

We’ve heard every question in the book…and we welcome each one because our confidence in the Montessori program is backed by research and actual data. In this article, we’d like to share with you some of the proven outcomes of the Montessori educational model.

Note: While we can’t speak for every school out there that claims the “Montessori” name, we can share from our perspective based on what happens inside our walls here at The Montessori School. Because there is research on the original Montessori program and because we stay true to that philosophy, we are able to anticipate the proven outcomes that this educational model has been shown to produce.

Historic Background

Let’s start from the beginning.

In the early part of the 20th century, Dr. Maria Montessori spent 40 years researching child development and designing the educational philosophy that we now associate with her name. Today, there are an estimated 22,000 Montessori schools in over 100 countries worldwide.

Much has changed since 1907 when Dr. Montessori opened her first school, but if one thing has remained the same, it is the positive results that are consistently produced for Montessori students.

Even now in the 21st century, the Montessori program continues to thrive as a means of hands-on learning, promoting the joyful, natural development of children under the guidance of qualified teachers who are trained to let the child lead.

Proven Outcomes

The research speaks for itself.

It’s one thing to like the idea of something in a theoretical sense. However, we want parents to choose Montessori education for their children based on more than just a “good feeling.” We believe that the research done on Montessori philosophy allows parents to formulate expectations based on actual evidence.

Of course, every student is unique and so each child will benefit in specific ways. However, the following research is helpful insight when considering the kind of results that can be expected from a Montessori education.

One study, Outcomes for Students in a Montessori Program, found that “in essence, attending a Montessori program from the approximate ages of three to 11 predicts significantly higher mathematics and science standardized test scores in high school.”

Another study focusing on 7th grade students who qualified for academic intervention services and were exposed to the Montessori approach to learning math, found that students not only “increased their understanding of multiplication” but that they also “showed improved enjoyment, perceived knowledge, and confidence in solving multiplication problems.”

Virginia Public Schools conducted a study, Montessori and Responsive Environment Models: A Longitudinal Study of Two Preschool Programs,  which concluded that children in a standard kindergarten program with prior Montessori experience scored significantly higher than did children without Montessori experience.

Academic success is a wonderful byproduct of a Montessori education, but it is by no means the only benefit. Students trained in this method also experience the following positive results:

  • Ownership in their learning process
  • Heightened maturity and social development
  • Solid sense of self-respect and respect for others
  • Critical thinking skills combined with creativity and innovation

Here at The Montessori School, witnessing how this method works for each individual child is our ultimate joy and goal as educators. We welcome any questions regarding the Montessori program in general or specific questions concerning our school and program options. Call us today at 215-791-8708 or request more information right on our website!

 

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Promoting Peacemakers Amidst Political Turmoil – Strategies for Talking to Children

How do we Promote Building Tomorrow’s Peacemakers

Peacemakers“Respect for self, others and the world; each of us is an ambassador of peace.” – Core Value Statement of The Montessori School

What do we tell the children?” It’s a quote making waves through print and televised media, social media, and in conversations in the home, among friends, families and teachers. Whether the question is prompted from the perspective of a battle lost, or as a reaction for the divide that has gripped portions of the nation doesn’t matter perhaps, as much as the root question itself. And what of the equally important question: How do we encourage tomorrow’s peacemakers?

Before we Make Peacemakers, We Need to Make Peace by Offering Thoughtful Answers

Before we answer either question posed above, we have a responsibility to formulate a response that is thoughtful, appropriate and addresses the specific needs of each child. Here at The Montessori School, we continue to do this – in meeting with our 6th graders today, we wanted to make sure to provide them with the opportunity to process any feelings, emotions and thoughts they had regarding the election process, results and events following.

Together, we discussed the concepts of winning versus losing, and the appropriate (and conversely inappropriate) responses to both. We watched President Obama’s speech in which he called for unity and a smooth transition of leadership – most apropos on Veteran’s Day. As a group we reflected on how he responded in the face of his own emotions, and those of the nation, as the leader of all Americans.

How do we Promote Building Tomorrow’s Peacemakers

The experience reminded us as educators and students of the core values we practice daily here at TMS: Respect for self, others and the world; each of us is an ambassador of peace. We are united in a mission to build future peacemakers. In the spirit of unity and healing, we offer the following ideas for you to consider when answering the question of what to tell your children:

  • Be a listening ear – you don’t necessarily have to bring up the topic, especially for young children who may not comprehend – but do make it clear you are available to answer any questions or address any fears they might have.
  • Remind them they are safe – that no matter what, you will protect them to the best of your ability, as will others who care about them.
  • Help dispel fearful ideas – as you know, children have heard all manner of fearful information – from being separated from family members, to “bad people” taking over the country, and individuals being right or wrong based on their beliefs. You can be a voice of comfort and reassurance. Explaining what it means to be in a democratic society (in age-appropriate situations) can be helpful, as can dispelling thoughts and ideas that you know your child finds frightening.
  • Keep Educating – reinforce the value and beauty of learning about and embracing different cultures and belief systems, and how coming together can promote peace, understanding and enrichment for all.
  • Stay in the moment – you know your child better than anyone. Remember the value of living in the moment – of enjoying each and every minute you spend with your child – share this concept with them and remind them that together, you’ll take things one day at a time.

We believe that our core values are what unite us here at TMS and also in our service to you and your children. Thank you for entrusting us with them as we pursue our commitment to bring students of all backgrounds together in dedication to raising the peacemakers of tomorrow.

If you have questions about our continued mission to address current events regarding the election outcome, or about our school in general, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Warmly,
TMS Staff

 

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5 Must-Have Qualities of a Truly Comprehensive Curriculum

Maria Montessori once said: “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”

comprehensive curriculumHere at The Montessori School, we want to produce students who are engaged at a much deeper, more natural level than can be measured by the established model of purely academic standards. That’s why we work to facilitate productive environments for learning, rather than requiring strict attention to lectures. And that’s also why we believe that while academic subjects are important, much more is required to facilitate life learners who are:

  • Curious in their growth
  • Proactive in their relationships
  • Engaged in service to their communities

In order to be a school that fosters this kind of growth in each child, we must be a school that utilizes a truly comprehensive curriculum.

In an effort to remain true to Montessori’s philosophy as well as to meet the requirements of Pennsylvania’s academic standards, we implement the authentic Montessori scope and sequence of curriculum in our classrooms. This curriculum allows our teachers to encourage age-appropriate learning and skill development across disciplines, all while empowering the students to own their development with independence and pride.

Our curriculum structure helps us to accomplish what Maria Montessori described as the greatest duty of every educator: “To stir up life, but leave it free to develop.”

What is a Comprehensive Curriculum?

If you’re wondering what we mean by this term, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most frequently asked questions we receive from potential families and those researching the Montessori educational philosophy.

Here at The Montessori School, we define the idea of comprehensive curriculum as one that:

  1. Is organized according to the developmental stages in a child’s life: An effective curriculum is one that optimizes each learning stage by creating an environment for growth that’s natural to each stage of the child’s development.
  2. Allows for student-led learning: The role of the teacher in the Montessori classroom is to guide learning. We recognize that students are capable of initiating their own learning. The result is a high degree of engagement and concentration.
  3. Emphasizes the interconnectedness of all disciplines: Students are encouraged to connect ideas and skillsets across a wide variety of subjects, often learning many different ideas within one, unified unit or project.
  4. Encourages hands-on learning: Our authentic comprehensive curriculum utilizes extensive hands-on materials, honoring Dr. Montessori’s idea that, “The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”
  5. Recognizes the value of non “academic” subjects: While we certainly want our students to excel in math, science, language, etc., we also guide them in their development of social skills, empathy, and emotional intelligence.

As a school, our mission is to encourage students to grow in self-confidence, leadership and respect for self and others. We believe that our comprehensive curriculum helps achieve that mission.

If you have questions about Montessori methodology, please give us a call at 215-542-0740 or request more information right on our website! We look forward to speaking with you.

 

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Expanding Access to Montessori Education: An Opportunity for Disadvantaged Students

Angela K. Murray, PhD, CUNY Institute for Education Policy, February 2015
Our nation struggles to prepare students for success in a modern economy. Some U.S. students are fortunate enough to be taught the necessary twenty-first century skills, but it is often a matter of chance or familial wealth rather than the deliberate design of our school system. Helping our most vulnerable children enjoy full participation requires not only strong academic skills, but also so-called “social capital,” capacities. Read more>>