A Montessori school utilizes mixed-age classrooms which allows students to progress at their own pace. The Montessori classroom is intensively “process” oriented and therefore students will not bring home a lot “product” from school.
Your child may discover things through experience before the teacher applies a name to the discovery. For example, he might tell you he was “playing with beads all day” (working with the Golden Beads) may not realize that the work he is doing is preparing him for learning addition.
6 Areas of Learning in a Montessori Curriculum
Montessori Glossary of Terms
Guide: the lead teacher in a Montessori classroom.
Normalization: a developmental process marked by a love of work or activity, concentration, self-discipline, and joy in accomplishment.”
Pincer Grip: refers to the thumb-and-forefinger motion that’s involved for manipulating small items.
Planes of Development: four distinct periods of growth, development, and learning that build on each other as children progress through them (0-6, 6-12, 12-18, and 18-24).
Practical Life: classroom area prepared for activities that are designed to teach care of self and of the environment. These activities form the basis of later abstract learning.
Prepared Environment: refers to a well-thought-out environment, classroom, or home designed with the child in mind. The goal of the prepared environment is to foster independence in the child.
Sensitive Period: a critical time when the child is biologically ready and receptive to acquiring a specific skill or activity.
Three-Period Lesson: a three-step technique for presenting information to the child (introduction or naming, association or recognition, and recall).
Work: a purposeful activity of the child’s own choosing.