Montessori preschool boosts academic results and reduces income-based inequality:
[OCTOBER 2017]: A new longitudinal study from the University of Virginia has found that children Montessori preschools show improved academic performance and social understanding, while enjoying their school work more. Strikingly, children from low-income families, who typically don’t perform as well at school, were not disadvantaged in Montessori preschools, and showed similar academic performance compared with children from high-income families.
Click on the following link for the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.
Also, click here to read an illuminating Q&A (you can also view a video) with study author Dr. Angeline Lillard. Some pertinent points, in addition to the main findings:
- Dr Lillard provides a short summary of the Montessori method.
- "What’s really in the bull’s-eye of Montessori education is personal development," says Dr. Lillard. Montessori is "kind of a flip of what we do in conventional education, where test scores are central, and we just hope that personal development also occurs."
- Montessori works because it is a culture, more than a pedagogy: "The system works together in a whole with several different elements, and you can’t take just a piece of it and have the same result."
Parent Education Nights
We host regular events at the school to help our parents grow in their understanding of Montessori pedagogy. Our parent education events help parents to understand better the way a Montessori classroom works, the role of the materials, the relevance of Montessori to child development science, and also help answer the question on so many parents' minds: "How can we do Montessori in the home?"
2017 Parent Ed Calendar:
November 6, 2017: Montessori 101 with Connie Black, trainer at Montessori Center of Minnesota. Ms. Black will address key elements of Montessori pedagogy, and what this looks like in school and home.
Previous Parent Ed Nights:
November 2016: Cosmic Education in the Elementary Classroom.
October 2016: parents and guides discussed together the balancing of Freedom and Responsibility.
Here you will find useful links to help you learn more about the Montessori philosophy. You'll also find loads of Montessori nuggets on our Facebook page—just click on the Facebook logo at the bottom of every page to reach our Facebook page (and "Like" us while you're at it!)
Click on the videos below for some wonderful examples of how Montessori works.