Does the Montessori Method Really Work?

In general, the answer to both questions is a resounding 'yes'. Studies have shown that children who attend Montessori schools experience significantly greater gains in measures of executive function, reading, mathematics, vocabulary and social problem solving than those who attend other types of schools. This is due to the self-directed learning style that Montessori schools promote, which allows children to quickly gain a sense of independence and self-confidence. But what exactly is the Montessori method? Named after Dr.

Maria Montessori, an Italian doctor born in 1870, the Montessori method is a multidimensional and multi-age educational framework. It is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. It is often thought of as “progressive” (without qualifications), all that about freedom, but other aspects of the method may seem rigid. Montessori schools are different from conventional nursery schools in that they have a three-hour block in the morning where students work continuously with Montessori materials.

The classrooms also tend to look very different from “traditional” preschool classrooms, as children from 3 to 6 years old all work in the same room. This allows the little ones to learn from their elders and older children to develop a sense of leadership and authority. When considering a Montessori school for your child, it is important to look for responsive teachers who can help children understand their needs. It is also important to note that not all schools that call themselves “Montessori” are actually following the Montessori method.

To ensure that your child is getting a true Montessori education, look for schools that adhere to the principles outlined by Dr. Maria Montessori and allow children to use only Montessori materials. Any amount of Montessori education is better than no Montessori education, but as an educator who has worked extensively with children of all ages, it seems to me that the Montessori environment, when extended beyond preschool, is an invaluable and holistic education. So does the Montessori method really work? The answer is yes! Studies have shown that Montessori children perform better in reading and math than those who attend other types of schools.

They also outperform other children on many other indicators such as executive function, vocabulary and social problem solving. While there are some drawbacks such as price and lack of availability, any amount of Montessori education is better than none at all. Ultimately, whether it's classic or supplemented Montessori or not Montessori at all, the best preschool for your child is one where they feel good and happy. Do students seem happy and relaxed? Is the classroom environment positive and conducive to learning? Do teachers seem warm and responsive? Parenting often requires trusting your gut and finding the right preschool for your child should also take advantage of those instincts.