If you have a child who is getting close to kindergarten age, you might be wondering whether you should send them to public kindergarten or consider a different approach, such as a Montessori kindergarten. Perhaps you didn’t even know there were other options beyond traditional kindergarten that could give your child a head start in the next step of their education. After all the advantages we’ve seen with children attending a Montessori kindergarten, it’s important to explore other alternatives to public kindergarten to choose the best path for your child.
The main ingredient to raising healthy children is practicing healthy habits as a family and a community. At Sandwich Montessori we embrace health in every aspect of our day-to-day lives at the school. Now we’re bringing healthy habits to the wide world here on this blog, and at our local community event Healthy Minds, Bodies and World. We’re going to let you in on some easy, everyday, Montessori-style ways to instill healthy habits in your tiny adults to help you raise a happy, healthy family.
Montessori-style education recognizes that music provides countless benefits to children. Music can help with early development, learning, and so much more. Overall, music helps develop children into smart, confident, and creative adults.
Each week students at Sandwich Montessori children of all ages, infants – preschoolers, take part in music enrichment provided by Meryl, from Meryl’s music. They they learn rhythm, pitch, songs, and are exposed to a variety of musical instruments. The lively song and melody helps children to develop an appreciation and understanding of music and helps to develop creativity and a new way of thinking about the world around them. Do you want to learn more about some of music’s amazing benefits?
When do you start reading aloud to your Montessori child? The answer is simple: as soon as possible! It’s been proven that the most important period for language development is between birth and age six. It’s never too early to start!
At Sandwich Montessori we always encourage parents to read aloud to their children, and we found some great tips to read to children from infant age to toddler and kindergarten.
At Sandwich Montessori School, we have a beautiful, two-acre, wooded campus where our students spend large amounts of time learning outdoors in our classroom without walls. The outdoor environment has been intentionally designed to support Montessori learning, and build that vital connection to our natural world that many of our children are missing out on in today’s world. It’s far different from any other early education center you’ll see!
So why is outdoor play so important?
When parents start looking for daycare, child care, or early childhood education, they often might come across the term “Montessori” for the very first time. It’s important to understand the educational concepts anywhere you may enroll your child. This lays the foundations for the child’s behavior and attitudes later in life, and a Montessori style education can have great positive impacts. So here’s a quick overview on the most commonly asked questions about Montessori education at Sandwich Montessori School.
Want to explore the Montessori philosophy and learn more about what it means to be a Montessori family? Sandwich Montessori would love to share with you our TOP 15 Montessori resources! This list is an excellent resource for those who are looking for knowledge, inspiration, and guidance in the Montessori method, and for those looking to incorporate Montessori practices and ideas into their homes. The Montessori Method is a philosophy that respects the individuality of each child, and there is something here for everyone! We hope you enjoy reading some of our favorites….
There are so many incredible Montessori blogs and resources online these days, which are great for allowing us to connect with other families and educators and share in their Montessori adventures. Our favorites are those that really show the essence of Montessori in daily life and the home.
Sandwich Montessori has compiled a list of some of our favorite parenting and educational blogs having to do with the Montessori philosophy and learning style. Whether you are new to the concepts, searching around for different types of early education styles, or are looking for more inspiration for your own Montessori journey at home, here is a great list for you.
At Sandwich Montessori we provide an environment that inspires students of all ages to develop a lifelong love of learning. Montessori teachers are guides who value the development of the whole child towards his/her individual potential in all areas of life. The Montessori classroom is a place where students can learn to be confident leaders and socially responsible individuals, connected to the world of learning and of people. But your child’s learning shouldn’t stop with the classroom. We encourage you to implement the Montessori philosophy in all areas of life, including your home! You’ll quickly learn that Montessori can lay a strong basis for your core family values.
Now for the big question: Where to begin?
If you are unfamiliar with the Montessori approach to education, you may wonder if everything you hear about it is true. The answer is, some things are not! There are many misconceptions about Montessori education and today we’d love to tell you more about what it’s really like to have your children attend a Montessori program.
“The baby’s fundamental need – precisely because he is a human being – is to be loved. But it takes a mature person to love a baby, because love takes time, love takes patience, love takes fortitude, love even requires a certain kind of humility: to love another better than one’s self. The baby needs time to be understood: he needs time in everything he does.”
We all look forward to summer. The children are home, the sun shines all day, and the world is in full bloom. If you are wondering what you can do to combine learning and summer fun, look no further! Learning doesn’t need to stop during the summer. Longer days and more free time set the perfect tone for natural exploration, Montessori-style.
Here are a few of our favorite Montessori activities geared towards preschool age children that you can add to your summer activities today….
For those of us familiar with the Montessori Method, it comes as no surprise that many successful and famous people who attended Montessori school praise it as one of the important success factors. Montessori has influenced many people, famous or not, who have grown to become leaders and see the world in a new way. A Montessori education inspires creativity, self confidence, and independent thinking.
Take a look at our curated list of 12 prominent and influential people who attended Montessori school as children…
When it comes to choosing an early learning center, you want to be confident that you make the right decision for your little one, but how do you make the best choice? When you have so many different options, it can be challenging and overwhelming to decide what will be a perfect fit. Selecting the right center for your child will help him or she grows and develop the critical skills needed to excel throughout the rest of their lives, so it is important to choose a place that aligns with your own philosophies around learning.
1. A Montessori education encourages creativity and sparks internal drive.
Kids are always more excited to learn when they’re spending time on things in which they are interested. In a Montessori setting, children work at tasks for the joy of the work, rather than the end result. This allows them to focus more on the process than the result – a natural path to creativity. Children learn how to pursue their interests through their curiosity which results in passionate learning that is sustainable over a lifetime.