(FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
The Montessori learning environment is much different
than the traditional model. Instead of information passing from
the teacher to the student, the teacher is skilled in putting the
child in touch with the environment, and helping him learn to make
intelligent choices and to carry out research in a prepared environment.
The teacher then protects the student's concentration from interruption.
This fosters a love of lifetime learning in the student.
WHAT IS MONTESSORI?
IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MONTESSORI AND A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL?
HAPPENS WHEN MY CHILD LEAVES MONTESSORI?
HOW DO CHILDREN FROM SRISHTI FARE WHEN THEY APPROACH OTHER SCHOOLS FOR ADMISSION TO GRADE1 ?
WHAT IS MONTESSORI?
Exactly 100 years ago in 1906, Dr. Maria Montessori
created a new vision of education for children, which is often thought
of as the “education for life.” The child is a unique
individual who is naturally driven to grow, develop and learn. The
goals of Montessori education include instilling in children a love
of learning, the ability to make appropriate learning choices, and
respect for oneself, other people, and physical surroundings.
To enter a Montessori classroom is to enter a
world specially prepared for the comfort and stimulation of the
child. It’s a carefully designed environment where children
of mixed ages work together or independently with multi-sensory
materials that invite them to touch, to think, to experience. Children
move freely about, choose an activity, work on it until a sense
of accomplishment is achieved. Before the child chooses another
activity, materials are put back in place. With the freedom to chose,
children develop self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-mastery.
Within this prepared environment, great care
is taken to lead the child through successive levels of educational
activities without unnecessary help from the adult. Although the
children talk and move around the room at will, their absorption
in their activities and their respect for each other contributes
to the calm atmosphere. Children work with a concentration seldom
seen at this age.
Because the Montessori classroom is child-centered,
the Montessori teacher is more a facilitator than an instructor.
The teacher serves as the link between the student and the learning
environment, observing each child’s progress, introducing
the next step to enable the child to master a skill.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MONTESSORI AND A TRADITIONAL
||Spontaneous discipline due to freedom
|Same age group Children
||Mixed age group
|No freedom of movement
||Freedom of movement
|Children are dependent
||Children are independent
|Materials are abstract
||Concrete and Reality Oriented Material
|Teacher is always the control of error
||The control of error is inbuilt in the material
|Learning is enforced
||Child learns out of joy
|No co-operation among children
||Children help one another
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY CHILD LEAVES MONTESSORI?
Even though the benefits of process-oriented,
non-competitive education and a nurturing environment are evident
in the daily Montessori experience of each child, parents still
tend to be goal oriented when it comes to their children. They need
to know that their child will be ready for "the next step,"
whatever that may be.
Academic preparation to enter the next environment
is evident throughout all our Montessori classrooms. However, that
is not the only preparation a child needs. The social aspects of
the Montessori education cannot be dismissed. The self-confidence
that is seen in students and a willingness on their part to try
just about anything when it comes to learning are amazing. All of
the children love learning and coming to school. And the motivation
for learning is internal rather than external. It's what they want
to do! These skills will serve all the children well, whatever comes
next for them.
Children also leave Srishti with certain values.
They have a deep respect for the needs and capabilities of other
people and an appreciation for diversity in all forms. We believe
that when the children leave us, they will take with them:
| The joy
and originality of thought
to multi-cultural environment
We want for them what most parents want for their
children: to be well rounded, happy, responsible and fulfilled.
The answer to the question, "What's next for my child?"
is inevitably a personal one for each and every child we serve.
And that's just as it should be. Providing the educational challenge
and personal concern needed by each child in our program is the
pledge we make to our families and the mission we set for ourselves.