What really makes Montessori education different?
Developed over a century ago by the physician Dr. Maria Montessori, her scientific method of pedagogy is a child-focused approach that fulfills the needs of the child intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically.
The Four Pillars of an Authentic Montessori Program
The intangibles of any work environment usually have the most profound impact. Many of us will have worked in “toxic environments” that stifled creativity, initiative and happiness. This is why Rhyme and Reason Academy takes a proactive approach in purposefully shaping the culture of the classroom, to ensure that the norms and customs of our environment are positive and enriching for all.
Culture of Work
Culture of Knowledge
Montessori Children Love School
Freedom with Responsibility
Rhyme and Reason Academy embraces a high-structure, high-autonomy approach. The teacher does not lecture to the whole class, assign a one-size-fits all problem set, and then micromanage the children until the work is done. In a classroom where the culture focuses on individual choices, students work diligently for themselves, their own enjoyment and they joy of solving a difficult problem- not for the approval of the adult.
Children work independently or in small groups during the 3-hour work cycle, and the teacher circulates through the class giving individualized lessons and one-on-one help with problems. Students have significant input and choice over the scope and type of work that they complete as practice for a lesson they’ve received, and the teacher is able to support those free choices.
The majority of students, who are not in the these lessons at any given time, are responsible for directing their own work. They organize their work plan around lessons and follow-up work they have previously received. This of course is not an automatic skill that every child has, and is an achievement fostered by the teacher, so that over time, she will create and sustain an ethic of work at the level of both individual students and the entire classroom.