The Montessori Curriculum in the 3 to 6 classroom is a beautiful well crafted, age appropriate, child centered approach to ensuring that children learn at their own pace and do it joyfully.
The curriculum is made up of very important facets, the child is at the center, the teacher is the support, the guide and the environment is the stimulus that gives the child lots of activities and manipulative materials that leads to concentration, independence and a love of learning.
Education for the Montessori Educator is part of living, some of us will say education is life, others it is a preparation for life.
The essence of this thought process is this: even if child did not go to school the goal of the parent is to introduce their little one to the world to the social, moral expectations in society. They would also ensure that their wards are able to grow and function as adults.
In the olden days, before the industrial revolution changed the western world, before the colonial masters turned our cultural systems upside down, this was the order of the day.
Children were prepared for life, educated at home by their parents!
It is very important to remember this and not make school out to be what it really isn’t.
Our goal as educators and parents is to provide children in the early years with a calm environment, an atmosphere conducive to learning.
The Montessori curriculum in all areas, covers this fundamental need of educating the child to learn in a calm, prepared environment that encourages concentration and independence.
It is absolutely important therefore for Montessori Schools to use the Montessori curriculum to achieve these goals.
To do this you must use the 5 subject areas in the 3 to 6 classroom (Practical Life, Sensorial Education, Language Development, Mathematics, and Cultural Subjects) and the Montessori Materials to move the children forward so that they can become confident, independent learners who can function wherever they may find themselves in the future.
This is the foundation that the Montessori Curriculum provides, and leads the child to become his best and to reach his fullest potential.
One important factor we may not appreciate fully is the fact that the child, according to Dr, Maria Montessori, the founder of this method of educating the child, is constructing himself.
Self – Construction means that the child will evolve and become everything he needs to be for his environment, community, nation and world.
This means the child is adapting to the world.
Evolution is taking place.
Nothing is stagnant. Change is an unavoidable fact of life.
Each generation brings change. Lets take the Television as an example: what was 50 years ago a period of black and white, stereo format, and a six hour service, has evolved through the years to become, coloured, HD, with a 24 hour service to top it all. We live in a fast paced technological era.
This technology mirrors change, but we must ensure that the child learns the basics of life from his environment first. Help him to understand his environment then he can branch out and become all he can be.
This is the power of the Montessori Curriculum. It is a rigorous way that takes into account the child’s development.
A word of caution though, you must understand Montessori to implement the curriculum effectively in your environment.
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