It appears the Montessori Method may hold the answers to various concerns I am having. I have lamented in the past that we don’t have schools with Tools of the Mind programs that help children develop their “executive” functions. I have also been a little worried about Aristotle’s flagging interest in learning and his obsession with being right. Although the latter has not affected his creativity, I worry that it may do so in future if we don’t find a way to resolve it.
Although I have read about the Montessori Method before and think it is an excellent early childhood development program for children, I think I might have underestimated its true value. According to an article I read recently – “The Montessori Mafia“:
“Montessori educational approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite, which are so overrepresented by the school’s alumni that one might suspect a Montessori Mafia: Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, videogame pioneer Will Wright, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, not to mention Julia Child and rapper Sean “P.Diddy” Combs.”
And in a 2006 study from the journal Science, they found:
“Among the 5-year-olds, Montessori students were found to be significantly better in “three WJ tests measuring academic skills related to school readiness.” They “were also tested on executive function, thought to be important to success in school… Montessori children performed significantly better on this test.”
Among the 12 year olds, “the Montessori students’ essays were rated as significantly more creative and as using significantly more sophisticated sentence structures.”
So in terms of creativity and executive function, the Montessori Method may be our alternative to a Tools of the Mind program (which we don’t have here). And as far as learning goes, we’ve already seen how well Gavin took to the holiday program from Young Explorers who run a Montessori playgroup. Unfortunately, although we have Montessori preschools, I have yet to hear about a Montessori Primary School.
Anyone living in Malaysia who knows of a Montessori Primary School please share the details in the comments section or contact me.
On the flip side, although Aristotle’s current school is not a Montessori school, some of their teaching methology sounds “Montessorish” – at least the description of a typical lesson that we received when we went to enquire at the school sounded like it.
And if I was considering any non-Montessori playschools for Hercules, I guess that’s all out the window now.