Why Choose Montessori for Your Toddler’s Education?

October 25, 2017

An amazing amount of growth occurs between the ages of one to three, and while these developmental milestones are exciting to watch, these early years are an ideal time for the nurturing and encouragement of development. With a Montessori education, your child can have an incredible learning experience within an environment that’s soothing and safe.

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Individualized Approach

The Montessori Method acknowledges that children are inherently driven to learn. Children in Montessori are encouraged to see out activities of their own interest and engage with the activities as long as it takes for him or her to master them. Unlike traditional schools, PCM students are not rushed onto another activity until they are ready. On the flip side, students who have mastered certain skills aren’t held back because their peers have yet to master them. This individualized approach enables children to take control and manage their own learning.

Freedom of Movement

In order to progress normally through the stages of developmental milestones, infants and toddlers need space to have free, unencumbered movement. Montessori schools provide such an atmosphere. Rather than being placed in something confining, such as a crib, swing, or playpen, children are placed on the floor where they can move about freely. Children who have the freedom to roll over, sit up, creep and crawl as they are able often progress through stages earlier than those who do not.

Close, Caring Community

Montessori classrooms are multiage, meaning that a variety of ages (mainly spanning 3 years) inhabit the same space. This structure can be extremely beneficial for infants and toddlers. Not only does it recreate a family structure, younger students feel cared for and supported by their older peers. Teachers also model respect, loving kindness and peaceful conflict resolution. This structure and approach creates an atmosphere where young children can gain confidence about the challenges ahead. In addition, toddlers will learn how to cooperate, rather than compete with others.

Independent Behavior

Toddlers are naturally curious and the development of independent behavior is crucial during these early years. Since Montessori classrooms are child-centered, children can thrive. When toddlers can take the initiative to choose and complete tasks independently, they become better coordinated and focused.

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