All around the world, traditional classrooms vary depending on their location; this is due to cultural and national standards along with measurements of educational success. For example, if you entered a public school classroom in Japan, it would look much different than a public school classroom in America. Children are educated very differently, based on where they are.
Dr. Maria Montessori developed the Montessori method of education which first made its way to America in 1912; however, conflict with the American education establishment ceased the spread of the idea. Eventually, by 1960, Montessori education made its way back to the United States and had spread to thousands of educational institutions.
The Montessori method involves “free activity” within a “prepared environment” that is tailored to individual personalities and specific human characteristics of children at different ages. The prepared environment functions to help children develop independence in all areas of human tendency.
The view is that a child is naturally eager to learn and completely capable of initiating learning in a “prepared environment” and values the development of the whole child (cognitive, social, emotional, and physical).
Throughout time, educators have realized that the Montessori Education Method can be applied in any country or culture around the world and see similar results. This is because the Montessori method is based upon the natural development of a child regardless of their origin. This positive impact of the Montessori method has resulted in its spread across every inhabitable continent on the globe.
No matter which Montessori classroom you tour around the world, you will see the same materials and classroom arrangement; as mentioned before, the Montessori method focuses on natural child development and is not influenced by culture or location. However, the importance of being a global citizen and having an understanding of different cultures are one of the highlights of Montessori education.
Curious to see the Montessori method in action? Contact our Sugar Land Montessori School today! We’d be happy to give you a tour and information about Memorial Montessori.