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How Do We Learn?

Think about when you first learned how to ride a bike. You did not sit and listen quietly while your parents explained the various elements of riding and tasked you with memorizing exactly what they said. You balanced your way onto the seat, tried to pedal and control the handlebars, and most likely, fell. You tried again and again until you mastered riding, internalizing the knowledge and gaining control. We are active, not passive learners. We learn to how to bike by biking. At our school, your child will learn by doing.

At Alef Bet, it is crucial for our students to get the most out of Montessori principles. We employ the following elements to foster our Montessori method as well as our Jewish Life.

In a Montessori classroom, students are encouraged to embrace their natural curiosity and learn by touching, feeling and doing. They are encouraged to move freely around the classroom and engage with thoughtfully selected learning materials. The learning materials are created to engage the students. By working with their hands, the students gain a concrete understanding of the material they are learning.

Practical life activities are a crucial part of the Montessori Curriculum. They help students develop order, coordination and independence, among other things. However, it is crucial to only give children age-appropriate chores to perform. These chores range from stacking books on a book shelf to vacuuming a rug.

Maria Montessori stressed the importance of having children, ranging at least 3 years apart, learning together in a controlled environment. This technique allows for older children to act as guides, or mentors, for the younger children in the class. This helps the students validates to the students that they have truly mastered the material. On the other hand, the younger students look up to the older students, often times learning by modeling their behaviors.

At the Alef Bet Montessori School we recognize the importance of working collaboratively. Group activities allow for children to learn from each other. It also gives students the chance to acquire advanced social skills. We believe that peer interaction is an essential part of a complete education.

The “absorbent mind” is a term that refers to the brain’s ability to take in information from the world that surrounds it. Young children are a prime example of the mind’s ability to absorb new information, much of which is done naturally, without thought or choice. However, they eventually begin to consciously direct their focus on experiences that will continue to develop what they have already learned. Our job is to encourage children to embrace this natural curiosity and to provide them with the materials to explore.

To satisfy a child’s need for order, we teach Grace and Courtesy. This gives children the vocabulary, actions and steps required to build awareness and alertness to those around them and leads to a peaceful and respectful classroom environment. Furthermore, children will leave the class prepared to navigate friendships and collaborations with others that can benefit them throughout their lives.

As adults, we often intervene during a child’s task to ‘help’ and see what’s going on. This interference breaks concentration and robs the child of valuable learning experiences. Our classroom provides sufficient time to focus on a task, a quiet space free from interruption, and a period of reflection or consolidation.

As a result of the unique Montessori classroom style, our students are able to receive individual attention from their teachers. Regular one-on-one instruction allows teachers to track each child’s progress and direct them, ensuring that they reach their full potential.

A Montessori classroom, filled with Montessori learning materials, is the perfect environment for independent, self-guided study. Our learning materials allow students to learn on their own and progress at their own pace. This creates a sense of autonomy and self-assuredness in our students.