I Think I'm Ready to Be a Montessori Parent:
Am I. . .
- Supportive of an educational method which focuses on process vs. product? (Doing rather than memorizing).
- Supportive of peace education, conflict resolution, community service, and environmental education?
- Comfortable with curriculum that includes multiculturalism?
- Comfortable with (and understand the complexities of) narrative progress reports and student work portfolios. Am I willing to leave numerical/letter grades and grade level comparisons behind for now?
- Comfortable with an educational method that believes that children learn best through intrinsic motivation, where there are neither rewards nor punishments, and that competition hinders learning?
- Supportive of real-life learning situations?
- Supportive of the belief that children learn best when they have control over their own learning?
- Recognizing that objectives are usually met in a three-year cycle, as opposed to standardized grade levels?
By exploring a Montessori education, you will find that it’s not just about the education of your child. It’s a commitment to educating the whole person and family. It’s about knowing there’s something better and seeking it out and being comfortable in knowing you've made the right decision.
For more information on the parent’s role in Montessori education, we recommend: Montessori Insights for parents of young children .
As much as possible, NAMC’s web blog reflects the Montessori curriculum as provided in its teacher training programs. We realize and respect that Montessori schools are unique and may vary their schedules and offerings in accordance with the needs of their individual communities. We hope that our readers will find our articles useful and inspiring as a contribution to the global Montessori community. © the North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Tuesday, January 8, 2008.