Does Montessori Prepare Children For The Future?
In a word, yes! Here’s why the Montessori method of education is seen to help its children really master the intellectual knowledge and skills that are basic to their future progression. Firstly, what children get out of their preschool years in Montessori is an amazing sense of self worth. They become incredibly independent. They have a recognition of their own ability to learn new things, master new skills and solve problems, and are able to apply themselves to increasingly challenging work, which goes beyond the basic curriculum. They have learned how to learn by doing real activities in the material world that surrounds them.
Montessori children recognise the value of their own ideas, respect others, and are capable of exploring ideas with other children and adults in search of new solutions. Montessori children always learn that all their ideas have merit, and that their decisions are extremely important! They learn that mistakes are part of every day living but that we can learn from them.
Secondly, it was always the intention of Dr. Montessori to create conditions in which children, even the most impoverished, can develop to their full potential.
The first Montessori children’s house was situated in the slums of Rome in Italy, where the children lived in conditions of extreme poverty. These children blossomed learning through the Montessori method of education! In a Montessori school, no matter what the child’s home environment might be, we will provide children with a sense of joy, help them discover their own dignity, and a sense that they are something bigger than themselves.
Children who have attended Montessori schools tend to be well educated, and highly successful members of society.
Famous Montessori Graduates
The teaching style of Dr. Maria Montessori is meant to spark creativity, initiative, and self-confidence in children. With that in mind, it is no wonder that there are so many notable former Montessori students. Below is a list of just a few Montessori students you may have heard of.
LARRY PAGE and SERGEY BRIN, founders of Google
Google, the Internet search engine, was co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. They had been friends since childhood but when asked if it was the fact that their parents were both college professors being the reason for 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. Larry Page and Sergey Brin credit their success to attending a Montessori Preschool.
“Montessori taught me the joy of discovery…It showed you can become interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, say, by playing with blocks. It’s all about learning on your terms, rather than a teacher explaining stuff to you. SimCity comes right out of Montessori—if you give people this model for building cities, they will abstract from it principles of urban design.”
-Will Wright, Computer Game Designer and Original Designer of The Sims
Montessori schools have a history of turning out children who have a terrific sense of self confidence, and who can be trusted to ask all the right – but sometimes the most embarrassing – questions!