The teaching and learning approach developed by the Italian professor Maria Montessori is worldwide known as Montessori Method of Education. This method of education has been tested for over 100 years in diverse cultures around the world and turned out to be successful.
There should be some uniqueness which makes Montessori Method of Education stand out. This education module incorporates cognitive development in its learning process making it far more lucrative. Let’s look at the aspects of Montessori education that helps to develop cognitive skills in the child.
Rather than concentrating only on the national curriculum, Montessori education’s learning process is framed by considering the child’s natural development. This makes the child easily adapt to the process giving him/her an upper hand and easier pathway.
Conventional education follows a set academic syllabus where the students will not be able to excise their interest. On the other hand, Montessori education provides a personal curriculum where children will be able to locate their interest and follow that accordingly.
It is always important to be the doer to get a strong hold over any aspect. In the traditional practices, the teacher or tutor is the doer whereas the children are receivers. In order to get optimum result, Montessori education provides active education where the kid will be doer hence he/she will be able to get full control over the situation.
Montessori education gives you the entire scope to explore all the available aspects of as per interests. This gives education a new outlook unlike the formal form of education.
The biggest motivation for a young child is the certainty in achieving the reward for his/her effort. Conventional education doesn’t have a one to one relationship between reward and effort. Montessori’s philosophy on the other hand ensures that the internal contribution of the individual earns him his reward.
The main advantage of Montessori education is that it provides the same level of importance to academics as well as the extra-curricular activities. Here, extra-curricular activities denote fun activities, art and craft activities, practical skills and even social skills.
Doing a task at a person’s comfortable speed has its own advantage. Montessori’s educational pattern is flexible wherein a child can learn a particular subject at his/her own pace. This allows additional personal involvement and thereby brings motivation.
“Cognitive development helps infants, children and teens develop the thinking skills needed to become an functioning adult. It is a process though which intelligence and thinking ability grows” – Alana Winner
Cognitive skill is a vital skill that a child should possess at a very young age. It is not an overnight task to achieve cognitive skill rather it is a gradual process. When a child’s curriculum includes a pattern to groom this ability then it would be much of an advantage for the child. Looking at the seven aspects listed above, one could easily come to a conclusion that Montessori education is far better than traditional education in developing the required cognitive skills.
So the real question is how I shall get the optimum benefit from the Montessori form of education? It is easily possible to achieve it when you try to introduce self-solving puzzles and age-appropriate activities to your child. Squizzl (‘India’s best child’s magazine’) helps you in accomplishing this by providing the required tasks and puzzle through its magazine.