Technology in the Montessori Classroom

I recently read an article about the developers of Montessorium, who introduced Montessori applications for the iPad. It reminded me of the controversy surrounding the use of technology in the Montessori classrooms. Both sides of the argument try to deduce what Dr. Maria Montessori herself would think about the internet and computers in the classroom. None of us will know …

Montessori Education & the White House Summit

Of course, at Meadow Montessori School we know that Early Childhood Education (ECE) is essential for future success. In 2002, the White House initiated the Good Start, Grow Smart program. The initiative stated, “When young children are provided an environment rich in language and literacy interactions and full of opportunities to listen to and use language constantly, they can begin …

Where are the Worksheets?

Young children learn by doing! Think about your children – do they “get into everything?” This is perfectly normal, because we know that children acquire knowledge through interactions with the environment and people around them. In a Montessori classroom, materials are available to explore and manipulate, teaching children concepts in language, math, science, etc. The materials are self-correcting. For example, …

Children Learn at Their Own Pace

In Montessori, you often hear the phrase, “follow the child”. What exactly does that mean? As Montessori educators, we understand that children are not all the same. Each child has strengths in different areas, and learns at their own unique pace. In the classroom, not all 3 year olds are working on the same lesson. This is different from traditional …