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Why Montessori

The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes is a progressive education program with an approach dedicated to promoting self-worth, self-discipline, and a passion for learning. Our students enjoy and benefit from time-proven ideas and practices that value individuality and address the academic, social-emotional, and physical development of the whole child.

Making the Case for Montessori Education

Read the articles:
Peter Sims notes, "Ironically, the Montessori educational approach might be the surest route to joining the creative elite . . . Is there something about the Montessori approach that nurtures creativity and inventiveness that we can all learn from?"
Click here to read the full article: Wall Street Journal: The Montessori Mafia

By the end of kindergarten, among 5-year-olds, “Montessori students proved to be significantly better prepared for elementary school in reading and math skills than the non-Montessori children... They also tested better on “executive function,” the ability to adapt to changing and more complex problems, an indicator of future school and life success.”
Click here to read the full article: Science Journal: Evaluating Montessori Education

Everyone thinks it would be great if we could teach students how to innovate. Montessori does just that.
Read more at Harvard Business Review: Montessori Build Innovators

Montessori methods go against the grain of traditional educational methods but they have uncanny parallels in the success of their alumni.
Click to read more: Forbes: Is Montessori the Origin of Google and Amazon?

Young learners “can become interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, say, by playing with blocks. It’s all about learning on your terms, rather than having a teacher explain stuff to you. And when kids discover these things on their own, what they learn sticks with them so much more.”
Watch Will Wright's TED talk here. Click here to read the article:
Will Wright, Montessori Grad and Creator of SimCity & Spore

A number of the innovative entrepreneurs also went to Montessori schools, where they learned to follow their curiosity. Read the article:
Harvard Business Review: How Do Innovators Think?

What all these Montessori students had in common is a unique combination of a questioning habit of mind, an emotional sturdiness, and a special kind of groundedness that comes from knowing yourself and trusting in your own abilities. The First Time by Beth Black (AMS)

"Into, Within and Beyond" by Dane Peters, Head, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, describes Montessori education's "seamless passage" to becoming "self-directed citizens" in adulthood. Click to read more: Montessori Transitions by Dane Peters (AMS)

Watch the videos:
“My 7-year-old attended a traditional school last year, and he learns more in one day at his current Montessori school than he did in a month at his traditional school.” Click to watch the short video: Superwoman Was Already Here!

Making the case for individualizing education instead of teaching to a standardized test. Watch the video:  "How Do You Hug a Child Like This?" by Trevor Eissler

“Montessori education presents a radically different – and radically effective – educational approach that may be the best method we’ve got to ensure the optimal cognitive, social, and emotional development of every child.”  Click here:
Watch the interview with Dr. Steve Hughes, President of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology.

If you would like to learn more about the Montessori Method or how we employ it in the classroom, join us for coffee the first Wednesday of the month, or contact us. Thank you for your interest!