An alternative education for children, freer, that adapts to the needs and concerns of each child, favoring both their learning and their autonomy. We discovered some advantages of the Montessori method.
We can all see that the conventional education system has many flaws that affect the intellectual development of our children. For this reason, and given the immobility of traditional education, more and more parents are considering giving their children an alternative education.
There are several methods of alternative education and one of the most recognized is the Montessori method, based on the experience of Dr. María Montessori. It is a different, freer education that adapts to the needs and concerns of each child, favoring both their learning and their autonomy. We discovered some advantages of the Montessori method.
► Differences between the Montessori method and the traditional method
The Montessori method is based on the belief that each child can spontaneously learn all the skills they require for their adult life. In Montessori schools, children learn to write, read and count in a different way than in traditional schools, allowing each child to discover this knowledge as their cognitive abilities develop and without pressure.
As each child is different and has a different pace, the role of Montessori method teachers also varies from conventional education. The teacher observes and analyzes each child while the child discovers the knowledge for himself and directs him towards those activities that can enhance his development in a more natural way.
There are no punishments, there is no competition between students, but respect for individual development. That is why it is a more personalized education despite the fact that the classrooms are shared by children of all ages. And while the learning of the little ones is based on individual work, already in primary school group learning is further promoted.
► The advantages of the Montessori method in the education of children
This alternative method of education for children finds numerous advantages. The most obvious is the attitude that the child takes when going to school. While in traditional schools children take learning as an obligation and are sometimes afraid of not measuring up, in Montessori schools children enjoy learning at their own pace.
This particularity of the Montessori method protects the self-esteem of children by teaching them from childhood that we all have some abilities and that these are the ones that we have to promote. In addition, Montessori children learn in an environment of freedom and respect that will help them in the future to join society with all the values and guarantees.
But one of the most interesting values of the Montessori method is the autonomy it provides to children. From the first moment, the child discovers the value of personal effort and gets used to his own self-discipline when it comes to learning. His achievements and his work are recognized and rewarded and it is when he understands that it depends on himself to continue learning and advancing. Undoubtedly, one of the most important values that will be very helpful in your adult life.
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