How the Montessori Approach Lessens the Likelihood of Bullying

​Maria Montessori's peaceful and respectful way of relating to children results in an approach that is less likely to result in bullying. We've all heard the cliché, "Children learn what they live" or, in religious context, "train up a child in the way he should go." Children learn by experience and the Montessori Method provides children with a communicative and respectful experience in every aspect of their education.
 
Social Development
Academic success is nearly impossible if one's relationships aren't strong and sustainable. During childhood, children learn to communicate from the people with whom they are communicating. Our attention to cultural and ethnic diversity enables children to relate to one another in constructive, healthy, and nonviolent ways, fostering empathy and compassion.

We hear a lot about reluctant readers, and the importance of children advancing their reading skills. But for many students in the elementary school, writing is a challenge. Students who are hesitant to create the written word often have a hard time developing well-rounded literacy skills. In Montessori and at Shining Stars, we teach writing before reading beginning at the Primary level. Nonetheless, some students continue to find writing daunting.

It takes time to fully develop the values of kindness and empathy. In fact, kindness is a philosophy that some adults still struggle to incorporate into their daily lives. Nonetheless, an effort to combat playground bullying, it is essential that parents and educators work together to teach, exemplify, and encourage kindness and empathy in the classroom and in the home.

With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s common for families to focus on teaching gratitude this time of year. But this character trait doesn’t always come naturally for children, and sometimes parents need to consider ways to cultivate thankfulness in young ones. In addition to thankfulness being our November “peace” theme, and discussing this in each classroom, we at Shining Stars Montessori Academy offer ways parents can reinforce this attitude at home.

With children, learning happens all the time, whether they are in a classroom setting or playing outside the school. This summer, continue to encourage learning with your preschool or elementary school student by taking advantage of some of the things the Capital region has to offer. Try a variety of activities to expose your child to new interests, and then build on the things your child enjoys to promote summer learning.

While there have been countless efforts in research showing that teaching The Arts (Music and Art) as a Second Language benefits many aspects of early childhood development, there is still a vacuum where understanding the value of arts in education is concerned. Namely, the majority of these studies assume that the reader is interested in seeing the arts as a supplement to “more important” disciplines, or other aspects of learning and development.

Having your child enrolled in a quality Montessori school (one where they can get a great start in life) is immensely important when considering preschool. These years become the foundation for your child’s entire education. However, did you know that what you do at home with your child can be just as important to their schooling? Here are 7 things you can do in your own home to supplement your child’s Montessori education: