Cultivating Tomorrow's Leaders Today!
Many times, parents and children approach elementary school with a zest for learning. In a traditional learning environment, families often experience disappointment when the predetermined curriculum does not take into account each child’s unique learning style. The lower the interest a child has in a task directly results in a lowered learning potential. Luckily, a Montessori approach to learning is very much child-driven. The teachers are guides that facilitate educational opportunities geared to the child’s individual interests. And the freedom to learn at an organic level allows each child to not only learn the concrete skills being taught, but also allows that child to take ownership in their learning and build self-esteem in the process.
Can children enter a Montessori school after early childhood and thrive in an environment that focuses on the arts? The short answer is, yes, of course. But the matter merits some elaboration, especially in an era in which art and music programs are being cut from the curricula of many public schools.
The Arts (Music and Art) as aSecond Language has been a topic of conversation typically heard in teacher’s rooms, or in the company of the Intellegentsia. The time fordiscussion and debate needs to wind down so that children, particularly those from marginalized socio-economic brackets benefit from the teaching of music and art. Montessori schools are well known as being bastions of highly efficient, and successful alternative teaching techniques. Montessori schools reach out to all socio-economic brackets and are the best place for the integration of teaching music and art, a true benefit for these students.