Walk into a Green Hedges Montessori classroom on any given day and this is what you’ll likely see: a classroom that is thoughtfully arranged and inviting with a variety of activities and lessons. You may see one student working on an activity by him or herself in one area of the room and in another space, two students, perhaps of different ages, laying out strands of beads for counting. The children in these classes work at tables or on the floor, rolling out mats on which to work to define their work space.
The Montessori Directresses, Ms. Nichols and Ms. Heill, and their Assistants, Mrs. Hunter, Mrs. Lingebach and Ms. Lovejoy, are always nearby, observing the students as they work and guiding them with lessons and challenges, but adhering to the philosophy and practices of Maria Montessori to “help me to do it myself.”
If you are just beginning the process of researching your child’s first school, the question almost always comes up: what exactly is Montessori and what are the benefits of it when compared to other teaching philosophies?
The primary principles of a Montessori education are that children are given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to make connections. They are shown real life skills at an early age that they then work on to master at their own pace and collaborate with other children who may help them along the way.
Green Hedges is a Montessori program from ages 3 through 6, but the program produces lifelong learners. As the American Montessori Society says, “Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century.”
Think this sounds a lot like the corporate culture that a lot of successful companies utilize today? Well, you’re right. An article on forbes.com, which indeed uses a picture from our Montessori program, touts the benefits of a Montessori mindset in the business world. http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkotter/2015/12/16/corporate-kindergarten-how-a-montessori-mindset-can-transform-your-business/2/#207202733b53.
We at Green Hedges truly believe in the value of a Montessori education for our youngest learners. The benefits and lessons extend well beyond their school age years.
Here are some additional resources if you are interested in learning more about the Montessori program: