Dear anyone curious about a Montessori school, or who presently has children at a Montessori school.
WATCH THE FIRST THREE MINUTES and TWENTY SECONDS OF THIS VIDEO.
Seriously. Katy Wright was a second grade teacher with multiple education degrees and certification. And then she learned about Montessori.
Just listen to her talk about what Montessori is, why it works, and why you should want it for your children.
Watch the whole talk, but at least the first three minutes.
She hits on the major points: individual learning, the opportunity to concentrate, an environment that encourages self-directed education, and executive functioning.
The structure of a Montessori classroom means that children can learn the thing they are most interested in first. As other children are learning other things around them, they learn those things incidentally, and are enticed to try out those things as well. Before you know it, they’ve learned more than anyone thought they would, at a much earlier age.
And as a parting thought, if you send your kids to a Montessori school, ask your school’s administrators and teachers — guides, if it’s a Montessori program — their thoughts about this. And what their commitment to real, authentic Montessori is.
Real Montessori is a game changer. Accept no substitutes.