Why Montessori? 8 principles of Montessori
This post forms part of a series on why we have chosen to send our children to a Montessori school. The series is a summary of Dr Angeline Lillard’s book, “Montessori: The science behind the genius,” which covers the research supporting the Montessori method.
- Movement and cognition are closely entwined, and movement can enhance thinking and learning
- Learning and well-being are improved when people have a sense of control over their lives
- People learn better when they are interested in what they are learning
- Extrinsic rewards for an activity negatively impact on motivation to engage in that activity when the reward is withdrawn
- Collaboration can be conducive to learning
- Learning situated in meaningful contexts is often deeper and richer than learning in abstract contexts
- Particular forms of adult interaction can lead to more optimal child outcomes
- Order in the environment is beneficial to children
These are not all the principles of Montessori, but they are the ones which the book goes into detail about.