You may have heard of Montessori education or Montessori child care well before you actually knew what that meant. The learning approach became popular in the United States around 1960 and has since spread to thousands of preschools and daycares, with over a dozen in the Austin area.
Montessori preschools in Austin are based on the popular learning style that was developed by an Italian physician and educator named Maria Montessori in the early 1900’s. She established this developmental approach from extensive research with special needs children, and it focuses on independence, freedom within limits, and following a child’s natural psychological, physical and social development. While based on her research with special needs children, Montessori’s philosophy is appropriate for all children.
Here’s why. Fundamentally, Montessori education is a model of human development, and the educational approach is based on that model. The model has two basic principles. The first principle is that children absorb and learn by interacting with their environments. The second is that children, especially under the age of six, have an inborn path of psychological development.
Based on her observations, Montessori believed that children who are able to choose and act freely within the environment prepared according to her model would learn according to their natural tendency and thus achieve optimal progress and growth.
Although a range of educational practices exist under the name Montessori, the following fundamentals are needed according to the International and American associations of Montessori:
- Mixed age classrooms, from 2½ to 6 years old are the most common
- A Montessori trained teacher
- Students choose their activities from a range of options
- Freedom of movement within the classroom
- Uninterrupted blocks of learning time, ideally three hours
- A discovery model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, instead of direct instruction
- Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators
Montessori daycare in Austin allows children the freedom to learn, but does not force learning on them. It gives them a chance to be children, who are naturally curious and want to discover the world around them, while having fun and developing at their own pace.
Welcome to Summer 2016!
We hope your summer is off to a wonderful start. It’s that magical time of year when long, lazy days leave time for new outdoor discoveries, summer reading and vacations with family.
If you’ve heard buzzing in the air it’s probably all the excitement about our renovations being so close to completion. Or…you could be hearing the buzz saws that have been working round the clock get our grounds and main office in tip-top shape. Either way – we’re hoping the work will wrap up by the end of June.
We can’t wait!
In further news, we’ve been working very hard on a big surprise for you, but just can’t keep it a secret any longer… For parents who can’t do the 2:30 pick-up, or just want their kiddos to enjoy more hours of dynamic learning and outside play, we’ll be hosting an after school enrichment program called Taylor Made Kids.
We’ll soon have this program fully featured on our website, but feel free to call for more information. Sign-ups have already begun through our admissions office, so don’t wait to reserve your child’s spot.
While keeping an eye on your in-box is a sure way to know what’s happening at the Taylor Made School, stay tuned to our quickly evolving website, as we are working to add new program information, a beautiful new blog theme and all the details to keep you in-the-know on upcoming events.
There is so much happening; we don’t want you to miss a thing!
Check out our brand new Taylor Made Tote Bags, printed by Hermanitas Boutique. They are just $10 and are perfect for toting around your summer reading and a healthy snack.
Thank you for all your love and support. We’re so happy to be in community with you!
Education isn’t just about the academics – this is the main difference between traditional education and other progressive forms of education such as Montessori or Waldorf. While both Montessori and Waldorf use approaches that have been implemented successfully for over a century, their fundamentals are completely different.
Continue reading “Comparing Education: Montessori Vs. Waldorf”
You may be wondering; “why Montessori teaching over traditional structure?” Well, there isn’t any one answer. However, there are several benefits to enrolling your child in a Montessori based school versus a traditional school. Keep in mind, this is not to say that anything is necessarily “wrong” with traditional schooling – we just feel that using the Montessori theory, a child is given the opportunity time and time again to reach their full potential easier. Continue reading “3 Advantages to Alternative Learning”