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.
We encourage Sandwich Montessori children to be enthusiastic and active participants in deciding what they will focus on learning. Because their activities and work are on their own terms, creativity in the classroom blossoms in every child.
2. A Montessori education offers a child-centered experience, where adults are facilitators and guides, rather than teachers.
Sandwich Montessori is dedicated to the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori and follows a philosophy of child-centered education. Rather than viewing children as recipients of the knowledge that adults could "teach" them, Maria Montessori viewed them as having an innate motivation to learn and a unique ability to develop their own capabilities. She created beautiful materials that children could manipulate to learn basic concepts and devised a new way of teaching, one that respected the child's pleasure in activity and desire for mastery. Teachers in the Montessori classroom are mentors and guides that are there to facilitate the learning experience, rather than determine what it will look like.
3. Children thrive when they learn at their own pace.
Each child is valued as a unique individual, and Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Each classroom is fully equipped with Montessori materials and reflects the full and caring environment. Children at Sandwich Montessori are allowed to explore concepts at their own comfortable pace, and our teachers respectfully guide and follow the child. This naturally encourages children to try more challenging areas, which accelerates their learning experience while being gently guided by our teachers and an individualized learning plan.
4. Multi-age classrooms encourage cooperative play & propel development.
Multi-age classrooms re-create a family structure. Older children enjoy stature as mentors and role models, while younger children feel supported and gain confidence about challenges ahead. Montessori teachers model respect, loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution. Because Montessori teachers are trained to be facilitators rather than directors, it encourages children to share and work cooperatively to explore the various stations in the Montessori classroom. Children in Montessori classrooms, by the nature of the environment, learn to respect one another and build a close, caring community fostering the development of good social skills.
5. With a Montessori education, children become more independent and self-assured.
As part of an individualized program, at Sandwich Montessori, we help each child become independent. Every child is given the opportunity to progress at his or her own pace and developmental level. Everything about a Montessori classroom, commonly referred to as ‘prepared environments, are carefully designed with materials to support the child’s emerging independence beginning at an early age. As each year progresses, all children are given developmentally appropriate opportunities for increased responsibility, freedom, positive choices and active learning.
One of the greatest benefits of a Montessori education is the focus on hands-on learning. Furniture in each classroom is sized for children to sit comfortably, and everything is within reach of the child. Children can work at tables or on rugs in a natural environment, learning to remove learning materials from their places on their own and return them when they are ready. Children at Sandwich Montessori enjoy a classroom and curriculum designed around their specific needs and abilities that allow them to choose, explore and work freely with activities. This helps the child gain confidence and gives them the opportunity to say “I CAN DO IT MYSELF.”
6. Montessori accommodates all learning styles with sensory play.
From birth, babies learn about their world using their 5 senses: seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling & tasting. As children grow, children’s senses are their most familiar way to explore and process new information- some children are visual learners, some are auditory learners, some learn through body movement and feeling, and some use a combination of several learning avenues. The best part of the sensory play is that it provides an opportunity for every child to succeed. Montessori teachers are trained to use all the senses, which comes with many benefits. This is a great way for children to learn to explore the world they live in!
7. Montessori schools usually offer a second language in a multicultural environment.
A rich cultural curriculum is unique to the Montessori classroom. Dr. Maria Montessori was passionate that the key to a peaceful world was held within the peaceful child. Exposure to a wide variety of cultures encourages children to broaden their thinking about the world and address those concepts in a variety of ways. By exploring cultural activities including maps, music, food, and artifacts, with a focus on the similarities on people throughout the world, the child builds awareness of the world around them. At Sandwich Montessori, we are proud of our diversity. In addition to a multicultural environment, all children have the opportunity to learn Language, Geography and Cultural Studies, Spanish, Art, and Music.