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Hi, I am Rhina Etienne, Montessori Family Coach and Founder of A Little Room 2 Grow. I am a certified AMS Montessori educator from birth to six years old with over 10 years of experience. My role is to enlighten parents on how they can support their child’s potential through the home environment. I believe play is crucial to early development and every child should have a play space that is accessible and simplistic enough to inspire creativity and encourage independence.
WHAT I DO
I coach parents through converting their child’s current play area into a simplified space with Montessori-inspired learning toys, materials and furniture. It’s a way to prepare children for grade school without adult-led pressure. Parents that used our expertise to create the Montessori-inspired “Play & Learn Spaces,” achieved the same results; “increased functionality and more play time.”
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Q. What is the difference between Montessori and traditional education?
Q. Can I do Montessori at home with my child?
Yes, you can find ways to include Montessori in your child’s daily routines to support their desire to be independent. This provides opportunities to do self-care tasks like getting dressed, putting shoes on, cleaning up after play etc. You can include home tasks as well. eg. setting the table before dinner, cleaning the table and meal preparations. Everyday tasks like these may seem irrelevant but they hold many indirect benefits to your child’s overall development. They gain coordination, learn to become orderly, self aware and confident.
Q. Where did Montessori come from?
Montessori (pronounced MON-tuh-SORE-ee) education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician. She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children’s learning processes. Guided by her discovery
that children teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed a “prepared environment” in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities. Now, nearly a century after Maria Montessori’s first casa dei bambini (“children’s house”) in Rome,
Montessori education is found all over the world, spanning ages from birth to adolescence.
Q. Is Montessori good for children with learning disabilities? What about gifted children?
The Montessori Method is designed to help all children reach their fullest potential. Montessori classrooms are diverse with varying abilities, ages and culture to cultivate a sense of community where everyone learns from each other. The materials are designed to meet the interest of children with or without learning differences. Every child works at their own pace even when they are on the same material. Trained Montessori teachers are skilled at knowing how to guide each child individually.
Q. What ages does Montessori serve?
There are more Montessori programs for ages 3-6, than for any other age group, but Montessori is not limited to early childhood. Many infant/toddler programs (ages 2 months to 3 years) exist, as well as primary (ages 3-6), elementary (ages 6-12), and even a few Montessori high schools.
Q. What are the benefits of Montessori?
Research studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for life academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on criteria such as: following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions,showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations.
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