Most people are familiar with the standard daycare model, in which children are cared for in a group setting and often spend majority of the time playing and relying on their caregivers. But many, aren't familiar with an alternative model that provides children with more individualized attention, greater opportunities for learning, and fostering independence - the Montessori daycare. Read on to learn about what makes the Montessori education unique and how Kinder Prep Montessori exemplifies a core Montessori environment.
The Montessori philosophy was developed based on the idea that children are curious and natural learners. This means that they're more likely to absorb information and concepts if they're allowed to explore and discover on their own, rather than receiving information solely from an adult.
In a Montessori daycare like Kinder Prep, your child will be given the opportunity to learn at their own pace in a safe and nurturing environment. They'll be encouraged to explore their interests, and they'll be supported as they learn new skills. They'll be given an opportunity to dress themselves, pour their own snacks, and choose their own activities as a result, helping them to develop a sense of independence and confidence. In this environment, each child is likely to develop a love of learning that will serve them well throughout their life.
The Montessori philosophy can be applied to children of all ages, but it is most often associated with early childhood education. This means that you can often enroll your child in a Montessori daycare in infant hood. Kinder Prep Montessori accepts children as young as 3 months old. Read about our infant program [here].
Montessori teachers are specially trained to give children the individualized attention they need to thrive. They're also experts in creating hands-on learning experiences that allow children to explore their interests and develop new skills.
Montessori classrooms are typically designed to encourage exploration and discovery. The furniture is often low to the ground so that children can easily reach everything they need, and there are usually a variety of materials and activities available for the children to explore. The classrooms are also usually quite bright and airy, which helps to create a calm and inviting atmosphere, close to nature.
See an example of a Montessori classroom in our Gallery page here.
Additionally, in a standard daycare setting, children are often required to share toys and participate in group activities. This can be frustrating for some children, who would prefer to play on their own or with just one or two other kids. In a Montessori daycare, however, children are given the chance to work independently or in small groups. This helps them to develop patience and cooperation, as well as a respect for the work of others.
In a Montessori daycare, children are exposed to a myriad of benefits. At Kinder Prep, each child's interest and independence is honored and encouraged and children walk away feeling sufficiently challenged and accomplished.
Enrolling your child in a Montessori daycare is an excellent way to support their development. If you're looking for an alternative to the standard daycare model, a Montessori daycare may be the perfect option for you and your family.