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Montessori Curriculum Vs. Kids R Kids Curriculum

Montessori Compared to Kids `R` Kids Play-Based Learning

 

As demonstrated by the renowned psychologist, Jean Piaget, children learn best through play, so at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies we've developed hands-on learning experiences for all levels of learners. Our curriculum meets the standards for NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, while remaining fun and flexible for every child.

So who were Montessori and Piaget?
Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist who identified different stages of mental growth of children. In the early years, Piaget believed that a child is mainly concerned with gaining motor control and learning about physical objects. As the child grows, he becomes more interested in communication; verbal skills, words, writing, and learning to read. Later, the child begins to deal with abstract concepts such as relationships and logical reasoning. His method is also commonly called “hands on”, “center based” or “theme based” learning.

Marie Montessori was an Italian woman who in the 1920`S, developed a teaching method to help her successfully work with mentally handicapped children who had very short attention spans. Today this method is a program that stresses giving children a great deal of freedom and does not require an elongated attention span. Children may choose activities that interest them and may leave that activity when interest wanes. Montessori feels that child can learn alone through self-discovery and without the direction of a teacher.

With children under the age of three years, Montessori and Piaget methods are very similar. Both emphasize the development of motor skills using manipulative or "hands on" activities and lessons. This method allows children freedom of choice and movement and is appropriate since children`s attention spans are short. The methods differ in that Piaget (Kids 'R' Kids) has a scheduled naptime during which children lay down for a quiet time and older children are not present in the toddler classrooms. Montessori allows children to make own decision as to whether or not they need to take a nap and often the twos through fives are together in the same classroom.

At preschool age the differences in the teaching philosophies of Montessori and Piaget become apparent. A Montessori classroom has mostly "child-directed" activities where the child chooses what he wants to do and for how long he chooses.

Kids 'R' Kids Piaget classrooms have advanced academic materials and more teacher-directed lessons and does also incorporate 'child directed” activities times as well. The life skill concept of "finishing your work" is developed and routine is established; there is a "time" to teach math, a "time" to do music. Flexibility, of course strongly remains, but it is believed that routine helps children develop an inner self-discipline. By instilling the Piaget philosophy of learning, children are more prepared for the rigors and expectations of education from the primary years through the college experience.

 

Under the age of three:

 

Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies (Piaget)

  • Both child-directed and teacher directed. Teaching time, play time and naps occur on a schedule.
  • Emphasis on motor and verbal skill development using manipulatives or "hands on" activities. Lessons allow the children relative freedom of movement.
  • Children are grouped by age.
  • Follows the “Love and Logic” method of Redirection as a discipline tool

 

MONTESSORI

  • Child-directed. Child decides when and how long to learn, play and nap. No scheduled learning times.
  • Emphasis on motor and verbal skill development using manipulatives or "hands on" activities. Lessons allow the children relative freedom of movement.
  • Children are grouped in mixed ages from 2 years through 5 year olds together.
  • Self-education through self-correcting with no specific discipline tool

 

Over the age of three:

 

Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies (Piaget)

  • Both child-directed and teacher directed
  • Curriculum and Classrooms are age-specific
  • Research-Based, hands-on method of teaching that is modified to each individual child's needs
  • Role-play and realistic social experiences encouraged
  • Follows the “Love and Logic” method of Redirection as a discipline tool
  • Freedom to move about the classroom and explore while also having scheduled circle times
  • Liberty to speak (without disturbing others) as he pleases

 

MONTESSORI

  • Child-directed only
  • Children of various ages in the same classroom
  • Unstructured and flexible method of teaching
  • Learning individually with less social experiences allowed
  • Self-education through self-correcting with no specific discipline tool
  • No scheduled learning times
  • Silence is encouraged even at times of snack and lunch

 

Kids 'R' Kids encourages parents to ask about any school's accreditation before enrolling a child. In the U.S., many different styles of Montessori are being practiced. Checking  accreditation will give assurance a Montessori school is following the philosophy the name implies. Kids “R” Kids is proud that our curriculum meets the standards for NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children,

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