Research supports our method of teaching
Wtih an emphasis on individuality, creativity, critical thinking, and personal growth, Montessori Academy of Owasso is preparing your children to change the world.
By:Ann Pilzner for Montessori Rocks
As a Montessori parent and advocate, I can honestly say that I fell in love with Montessori at first sight. Over the years, I’ve watched my son benefit in so many ways because of his educational experiences. His love for learning, academic abilities, compassion and self-motivation are all qualities he’s attained from this superb form of learning. Here are five reasons why I think Montessori sets itself apart from other ways of learning: Continue reading over on Montessori Rocks website.
Your toddler can't walk down the stairs as quickly as your 6 year-old can. The step-together-step-together pattern must first be mastered before a child can bound down the steps in a hurry. We accept this as part of the natural course of child development. We simply accept that a child will move from the step-together pattern to a single-foot pattern when he is ready. We don't purchase books on techniques we should use to encourage our child to walk down the stairs faster with a more mature stepping pattern. We don't compare stories on the playground or lay awake at night worrying about when our child will master this developmental milestone. We accept that each child will master it when he is ready. We don't push our kids down the stairs in an effort to hurry along their development. We don't do this with stairs, so why do we do it with other skills? Read this great blog post on Developmental Appropriate Practices and Why We Don't Push Kids Down the Stairs on NotJustCute.com.
Most of us parents are familiar with the old “This is Your Brain, This is Your Brain on Drugs” campaign, but if you think that was scary, you should see what your brain looks like when you don’t do enough physical activity.
Talk about frying your mind! An article in The Atlantic details a study done on kids who were in a regular physical activity program versus kids who weren’t, and depicted the results by comparing images of their brains. These images powerfully show how much more brain activity was stimulated in the former group. Specifically, the active group had better ability to resist distraction, maintain focus, switch between tasks, and had stronger memory control.
The disparity between the two images is shocking, and demonstrates “a causal effect of a physical program on executive control, and provides support for physical activity for improving childhood cognition and brain health.”
Continue reading this article on ActiveForLife.com
A leading researcher at University of California at Berkeley says that when children pretend, they're not just being silly. They're doing science. Alison Gopnik wrote about her findings in the Smithsonian magazine. Among her conclusions were the following:
"We found children who were better at pretending could reason better about counterfactuals—they were better at thinking about different possibilities. And thinking about possibilities plays a crucial role in the latest understanding about how children learn. The idea is that children at play are like pint-sized scientists testing theories. They imagine ways the world could work and predict the pattern of data that would follow if their theories were true, and then compare that pattern with the pattern they actually see. Even toddlers turn out to be smarter than we would have thought if we ask them the right questions in the right way."
Read more about Gopnik's research on the Smithsonian website.
Research shows us that young children rely on all 5 of their senses to learn about their environment. Your baby who tastes the wooden blocks or your toddler who squishes mud between his fingers are prime examples of how children fully engage their senses every day. At our school, we fully encourage the messy and exciting process of sensory play. Read more about the importance of sensory play in this blog post by a speech-language pathologist over on the website Twodaloo.
Research shows that a child must move around, in both big and small ways, in order to fully comprehend new academic concepts and develop better attention over time. Journalist Valerie Strauss explains why the current public school method of students sitting in desks for hours on end is actually counter-productive to the educational process in this article in The Washington Post.
Teaching kindess in school has essential in reducing the bullying epidemic in our society. Maria Montessori recognized the importance of teaching children "grace and courtesy" decades ago and this remains a key part of our school curriculum. Read Why Teaching Kindess is Essential to Reduce Bullying on the website Edutopia.