Frequently Asked Questions
What is Montessori Education?
What happened with her “experiment” was something truly extraordinary. She not only realized that her theories were correct, but she also found that this individualized learning was extremely successful with all types of students, regardless of age, learning style or socioeconomic background. Thus was born “Montessori education,” which today has grown to be an international method of teaching used in classrooms around the globe.
This individualized curriculum, provided by specially trained Montessori teachers, is directed at developing students’ self-confidence and self-discovery. Students, with the help of their teachers, become active participants in their learning experience. Early on, children are surrounded by inviting Montessori materials, which help them to build a solid educational foundation. Students then seamlessly progress to more complex learning ideas. All of this is provided in a multi-age setting, which allows for students to be mentored and become mentors, and gives students a chance to work at a pace comfortable to their needs without stigma.
Does the Montessori philosophy work with the Michigan State Standards of education?
Lake Superior Academy follows the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Our curriculum directly addresses the individualized learning needs of each child. In addition, students will participate in the same Statewide (M-STEP) assessments as other students throughout the district.
What subjects are included in the Montessori curriculum?
- Language Arts, Reading, and Literature
- Mathematics and Geometry
- Science Studies (including Botany and Zoology)
- History and Social Sciences
- Art and Music
- Physical Education
- Practical Life Lessons (including Grace and Courtesy and Peace studies)
- Foreign Language Instruction
- Computers & Technology
Does the Montessori method really make a difference?
There is also quite an interesting collection of people throughout history who have gone to Montessori schools, sent their children to Montessori schools, or supported this method of education in one way or another. The short list includes: Alice Waters, Friedrich Hundertwasser, Julia Child, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Mahatma Gandhi, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Leo Tolstoy, Bertrand Russell, Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, John Holt, Anne Frank, the Dalai Lama, Jacqueline Kennedy, Prince William and Prince Harry of the English Royal Family, Cher Bono, Yul Brynner, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Yo Yo Ma.
This is not to say that your child will become the next internet sensation, famous musician or spectacular inventor. However, it is interesting to note that in the list of people mentioned above, there is a varied group of individuals with similar qualities – abstract thinkers who are able to see things in a different light, and who possessed the confidence to reach their individual goals and fulfill their dreams. Montessori education creates in its students the power to do all of this and more.
Please feel free to call us to learn more about what a Montessori Education can mean for your child.
What type of work done is done in the classroom?
Below are some links to videos and resources showing the type of work that is done in the classroom using the Montessori method of teaching.