Benefits of Montessori
The benefits of a Montessori education are numerous, with particular gains in the areas of independence, confidence and responsibility; imagination and self-expression; language and mathematics skills; empathy, compassion and social agility.
Many parents place a high emphasis on their child’s improvement in reading, writing and mathematics as indicators of successful learning. Montessori education also values these vital life skills, but balances them with the development of equally important aspects of the child’s character. Children who attend Montessori schools almost universally display great self-control, self-awareness and confidence. They have been guided to focus their concentration, to persevere with difficult tasks, and to moderate their behavior around others. This self-control brings confidence, poise and inner peace.
Throughout a child’s Montessori education, children develop an awareness of the intricate web of interconnectedness that binds humanity with the natural world. This understanding engenders a sense of compassion and empathy for all living things. The end result is a person who wants to do good in the world, and leave it better than they found it. Montessori education is truly an ‘education for life’.
Much research has been done on the benefits of Montessori. For a brief survey of this research, visit AMI's page on Montessori research.