Thursday, March 19, 2020

Learning from A Montessori Perspective

When embarking on a time of learning from home, our aim is to create a Montessori-based framework that serves our students while supporting parents as we all adapt to a different daily routine. It is important to us that the children’s activity during this time be enjoyable, thoughtful, challenging, and rewarding. 

How do we establish this at home? 

The Montessori method is all about the process. While completion of work is important, it is our approach that makes all the difference. Learning is most effective when it is within a greater context. When we connect subjects and concepts, we establish meaning which fuels motivation in students. Above all, we want children to feel connected to their learning, not simply “complete assignments” while at home. 

Learning together with a sense of exploration, curiosity and discovery results in deeper and more meaningful experiences for children. This instils a great sense of ownership and responsibility for the child. It is important to us that we maintain a feeling of connectedness through this process. We will be in regular contact in a variety of ways and continued communication between teachers and families throughout the period of closure is assured. 

Let's begin with the Montessori Prepared Environment:

For our younger students, the learning
environment is your home and surroundings. This means finding ways to support independence, engage in meaningful tasks and supplement learning through various activities suggested by teachers. 

For our Upper Elementary and Adolescent Program students, this will mean all of the above, plus establishing a quiet space, expectations and routines for any specific assignments shared by teachers. 

Where age-appropriate you might like to discuss learning from home with your child and include them in some decision-making processes:

  • Ask them where to set up their space (if applicable)
  • Make a schedule together that works for your family (when to take breaks/have time outdoors, etc.)
  • Gather ideas for activities and projects
  • Organize materials 
For our older students, it will be important for them to maintain their routine of handing in work and receiving feedback from their teachers. 

Overall, we can approach this as an opportunity to be creative and collaborative—we are here to support you through this process.

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