Styles of Early Education

Choosing a school for your child is vital for his or her growth. There are different styles of education that may suit your youngster better than a traditional school. Here are a few to consider.

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Montessori

Perhaps the most popular style of education, Montessori enriches the learning process with hands-on experiences. At Redmond Preschool, your child will also learn lifestyle skills such as gardening and cooking. Montessori education usually exposes children to a wide array of topics from music, math, and geography in a holistic way. Students in the Montessori model stay with the same teacher for three years, so he or she gets to know the needs of your student.

Steiner/Waldorf

Steiner or Waldorf schools aim to develop the child’s social skills and imagination before involving them in strictly cognitive pursuits. Before the age of seven, they will play, learn dance, create art, and develop language skills. Learning second or third languages as a young child in a Steiner School is common. Early childhood is a practical age group to begin foreign langue study because this is when the brain can best learn new languages.

Reggio Emilia

The Reggio Emilia approach is largely art-based. Teachers set up classrooms to feel like a home, where children feel most comfortable. The curriculum is student-driven, and teachers assess progress through portfolios and flow charts. For example, a student may create a drawing with a story behind it. Teachers and parents, who may participate in the classroom, will contribute to the child’s work in a process called co-construction. Co-construction allows the child to use his or her imagination to the fullest, and the adult’s input shows how ideas can be honed and applied.

Whatever model of education you chose for your child, being an active participant in what they are learning is essential. Showing interest in what your child is learning is the best way to keep them interested and excited.