1Myth #1: Montessori is just for rich kids.
The first schools that Montessori established were in the slums of Rome, for children left at home while parents worked, and certainly not for rich kids. Today, thousands of private, non-profit, Montessori programs use charitable donations to offer lower cost tuition. Montessori education is available to families interested in quality education.
2Myth #2: Montessori is just for gifted kids.
Montessori is for all children! Montessori school offers children of differing abilities ways to express their unique personalities, through activities using hands-on materials, language, numbers, art, music, movement, and more. Montessori schooling helps each child develop individually in a ways that accentuate his or her innate intelligence.
3Myth #3: Montessori is for learning disabled children.
It is true that Dr. Montessori began her work with children who were institutionalized, due to physical or mental impairments, but quickly discoveredthat “normal” children learn more quickly using her teaching methods. Most Montessori schools include special need children when the requirements can be met.
4Myth #4: A Montessori Classroom is too unstructured for my child.
The Montessori classroom is very structured, but that structure is quite different from a traditional preschool. The Montessori classroom, with its prepared activities and trained adults, is structured to promote this natural process of human development.
5Myth #5: Montessori Classrooms are too structured.
Parents sometimes see the Montessori concept of work as play as overly structured. The activities in the classroom are referred to as work, and the children are directed to choose their work. However, the children’s work is very satisfying to them and they make no distinction between work and play. Children almost always find Montessori activities both interesting and fun.
6Myth #6: Montessori schools don’t allow for play.
What adults often forget is that children have a deep desire to contribute meaningfully, which we deny when we regard everything they do as ‘just’ play. Montessori schools create environments, where children enjoy working on activities with grace and dignity. Montessori children often describe feelings of satisfaction and exhilaration upon completing tasks that we might have considered as only ‘play.”
7Myth #7: If Montessori is so great, why aren’t former students well known?
Here are a few well know people who remember their Montessori school connections and consider their experiences there vital. -Julia Childs, the cook and the writer, who taught Americans to love, prepare and pronounce French dishes. -Peter Drucker, the business guru, who has been said to be one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. -Alice Waters, the chef of Chez Panisse fame and creator of the Edible Schoolyard project. -Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher, corresponded with Maria Montessori about teaching methods. -Larry Page and Sergei Brin, founders of Google, Jeff Bezo founder of Amazon and Steve Case of America Online all credit Montessori schooling to their creative success.