BENEFITS OF MONTESSORI
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On the Barbara Walters ABC-TV Special "The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2004" Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of the popular Internet search engine Google.com, credited their years as Montessori students as a major factor behind their success. When Barbara Walters asked if the fact that their parents were college professors was a factor behind their success, they said no, that it was their going to a Montessori school where they learned to be self-directed and self-starters. They said that Montessori education allowed them to learn to think for themselves and gave them freedom to pursue their own interests.
It is quite an interesting collection of people throughout history who have gone to Montessori schools, sent their children to Montessori schools, or supported this method of education in one way or another. The short list includes: Alice Waters, Friedrich Hundertwasser, Julia Child, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Mahatma Gandhi, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Leo Tolstoy, Bertrand Russell, Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, John Holt, Ann Frank, the Dalai Lama, Jacqueline Kennedy, Prince William and Prince Harry of the English royal family, Cher Bono, Yul Brynner, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Yo Yo Ma.
Montessori encourages individualism and self-directed learning to create a greater sense of self confidence in the child and willingness to explore his environment.
Children learn the importance and are encouraged to respect others, classroom materials and their environment.
A mixed-age setting cultivates a sense of community as there are no awards or competition within the classroom.
Older children take pride in working with younger children to finish activities without adult assistance, if necessary.
A "prepared environment" provides order for children to work and enjoy freedom within the limits of the classroom to grow in a positive, supportive way.
Working in a Montessori classroom allows the child to gain these traits: concentration, order, coordination and independence.
Learning is a “hands-on” and activity based approach that emphasizes concrete learning with self-correcting materials.
Compared to various other forms of traditional education, Montessori graduates often score higher than their public and private school peers in all aspects of testing including: language (reading and comprehension), mathematics, meaningful social interactions with peers, stronger understanding of complex subject matter and overall respect for their environmental surroundings.
The Montessori method is meant to help children with all different types of academic abilities.