04 May Individual Learning Plan
There are 25 students in the class, ranging from 3 to 6 years old. How is it possible that the needs of all children are met?
This is a question we often hear. It is true that all the children are not learning the same thing at the same time, even if they are the same age. We understand that children, just like adults, have strengths in different areas. One child may easily grasp mathematical concepts, while another excels in language. It would be unreasonable to assume that all children learn at the same pace.
The Montessori Method works to maximize each child’s academic potential. How you ask? The teacher observes her students see what each child needs and then creates an individual learning plan for her students. The individual plan ensures that children do not feel pressure to learn something they are not ready to learn and that they will not be bored in class waiting for their peers to catch up.
In a Montessori classroom, each lesson builds on the previous one. A child cannot start to read until he/she has mastered the sounds each letter makes. This may take one child two months and another child three months, which is perfectly ok. Since children are active participants in their education, it naturally encourages them to follow their interests and take on challenges.