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  • Writer's pictureCrmen Zajicek

Montessori Philosophy—the Whole Child Approach

One of the unique aspects of a Montessori education and kindergarten nursery center is that takes a holistic approach to learning and development. Unlike a traditional kindergarten education which primarily focuses on developing a child’s cognitive abilities, a Montessori education typically adopts the Whole Child approach.

According to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), a Whole Child approach raises addresses critical thinking and social-emotional wellness; instructional strategies and engagement; and school culture. It develops a child’s various aspects and abilities. These include, cognitive, emotional, social, and physical.

Here is what the Whole Child approach in Montessori education entails.

Part of a Caring and Collaborative Community

The classroom is the child’s whole world the entire time they are there. With this in mind, the Whole Child approach treats the classroom as a community made up of children of different ages, social and economic backgrounds, and learning capacities. This allows them with their problem-solving abilities. Children come together to work out problems. Each of them provides their individual personalities and takes on the topics provided by teachers. Teachers guide the children and facilitate peaceful conflict resolution.

Students Are Encouraged to Actively Seek Knowledge

A Montessori setup cultivates an environment where students’ curiosities are supported. They are encouraged to seek out knowledge because teachers provide the necessary tools and allow them the space to pursue the answers to their questions. They are given the opportunity to discover solutions by themselves, while teachers provide the guidance needed in order to reach there.

Fosters Independence, Coordination, and Decision-Making

With a Montessori education, children are provided an environment conducive to developing their independence, coordination, and decision-making abilities. The child-centric classroom design and daily tasks develops a sense of self-reliance within the children. They self-regulate, whereby they cultivate the ability to educate themselves. As they grow, they develop the ability to assess themselves and look at their own work critically and intelligently. They become increasingly adept at recognizing and learning from their mistakes.

At Abacus Montessori Academy, we provide families the opportunity to have their children take advantage of the benefits of a Whole Child approach to education. Our high-quality child-centric Montessori styled approach to education facilitates the social, cultural, and developmental growth of your child.

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