Recently, I posted a blog about general criteria to use when looking at a child care center for your kid. While these guidelines are a good place to start, it’s a good idea to get more specific as you narrow down your choices. For instance, if you have decided that a Montessori child care center is the right place for your child, it’s important to consider:
- Classroom layout
- Student Materials
- Directresses or “teachers as guides”
- How children are grouped
Montessori child care utilizes hands-on learning in almost every scenario. Learning materials in a Montessori setting are more like tools for discovering new things in five main areas:
Each material should teach one skill or concept at a time and arranged on shelves in the correct order: simplest to most complex. It’s a good idea to ask perspective teachers to explain the purpose behind the materials in their classroom to ensure they understand the Montessori Method and its purpose.
The Montessori Method is all about accessibility and independent learning. Appropriate student materials should be placed on shelves that are easily reached by small children. In addition, there should be clear and defined areas for each of the main areas of the Montessori Method.
Child care centers typically take children between 6 weeks and 6 years, but it is more difficult to divide children based on age before elementary school. Kids develop at different rates, which can cause lessons to bore children or go over their heads when they are separated by age. Therefore, Montessori child care groups kids based on developmental markers. This process ensures that lessons engage children and encourage good self-esteem.