Yes, definitely. All parents can use Montessori principles of child development at home, complementing your child's experiences in Montessori school. Look at your home through your child's eyes. Children need a sense of belonging, so involve your child in everything you do at home. To help your child further, you can enrol for Assistant Course (hyperlink) at AIS, which will put more light on the Montessori Method
Every child has areas of special gifts, a unique learning style, and some areas that can be considered special challenges. Each child is unique. Montessori is designed to allow for differences. It allows students to learn at their own pace and is quite flexible in adapting for different learning styles.
In many cases, children who are differently abled may do very well in a Montessori environment. On the other hand, some children do much better in a smaller, more structured environment.
Montessori serves the following age groups
Nido Program – 0 to 12 months
Toddler Program – 12 months to 3 years
Pre School – 3 years to 6 years
Elementary – 6 years to 12 years
Research shows that Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically,socially, and emotionally. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations.
Unfortunately, there is no way to limit the use of the name "Montessori." Parents must carefully research, and observe a classroom in operation, in order to choose a real Montessori school for their child.
The directresses are trained and certified by an international organisation, Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). In India, they have training centres in Mumbai (R.T.I. Montessori Training Course), Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The training centres require a bachelor's degree for admission. Unlike, normal teachers, our directresses are specially trained about child psychology and the correct use of scientifically designed Montessori Material.
There is nothing inherent in Montessori that causes children to have a hard time if they are transferred to traditional schools. But most adapt to their new setting fairly quickly to the traditional ways of learning. At Activity Infant School, to smoothen the transition, we prepare them by providing them with special classes, we give them the traditional way to prepare them.
When a child comes to Montessori school after spending some time at Traditional school, the directress in the class carefully observes and presents the activities which provide him with the right amount of challenge and gradually the child becomes a part of the environment.
Most Montessori schools do not assign homework to children below the elementary level. When it is assigned to older children, they are given meaningful, interesting assignments that expand on the topics that they are pursuing in class. Many assignments invite parents and children to work together. When possible, directress will normally build in opportunities for children to choose among several alternative assignments. Some-times, the directress will prepare individually negotiated weekly assignments with each student.
While Montessori children are given certain amount of freedom to pursue topics that interest them, this freedom is not absolute. Within every society there are cultural norms; expectations for what a student should know and be able to do by a certain age.
Our experienced Montessori directresses are conscious of these standards and provide as much structure and support as is necessary to ensure that the child lives up to them. If for some reason it appears that a child needs time and support until he or she is ready, then the Montessori directress provides it without being judgmental.
At first, Montessori may look unstructured to some people, but it is actually quite structured at every level. Just because the Montessori program is highly individualized does not mean that students can do whatever they want. Like all children, Montessori students live within a cultural context that involves the mastery of skills and knowledge that are considered essential.
Montessori teaches all of the basics, along with giving students the opportunity to investigate and learn subjects that are of particular interest. It also allows them the ability to set their own schedule to a large degree during class time.