The Elemental Philosophy of Montessori Pre-School Education

In Montessori education, students are active participants in their own learning.

Young students experience and discover the specially created Montessori learning materials at their own pace; growing in self-esteem and cultivating their own desire to learn as they become autonomous learners.

Let's explore the four Major Montessori curricular areas and take a look at three of the more popular Minor Montessori curriculum areas presented in a carefully created Montessori learning environment:

Math : In Montessori Pre-school, we expose the students to a pre-math foundation which includes the use of concrete, manipulative materials for learning beginning mathematical concepts. The Montessori Math curriculum places an emphasis on the development of spatial and size discrimination as teachers give the children the ability to understand simple and advanced mathematical concepts.

In a carefully created environment, students are then able to use the mathematical concepts that they have learned to develop solutions to mathematical problems in a variety of simple and complex contexts.

Language : In a carefully created learning environment, young students develop reading readiness skills for reading and speaking, such as left to right sequencing, auditory perception, visual discrimination, language growth and comprehension. Skilled educators use a phonetic based approach; advocating to whole language and sight words. Within a very short time, young learners are recognizing words, word patterns, patterns of speech and they begin speaking in complete sentences.

Sensorial : Educators recognize that children learn by using all their senses. Montessori education focuses on sensory exploration. Teachers encouragement imitation, initiation, pattern completion, and classification of the relationship between objects.

These practices enable the young learner to engage in a more independent learning experience as they observe, appreciate and interact with their environment.

Everyday Living : This Montessori curriculum area focuses on care of self, care of the environment, grace, peace and courtesy. The children achieve order within themselves, cooperation with others and experience independence while practicing and experiencing daily tasks.

Geography and Cultural Studies : Montessori education places great emphasis on the cultural curriculum. Skilled educators introduce the young children to the whole universe and the connection between every living thing to create harmony in our world.

Learning to accept and appreciate cultural differences is critical to the development of world peace and a developed sense of inner peace.

Music and Movement : Since movement is intimately connected with learning, the Montessori model of education brings music and movement into the classroom on a daily basis. Songs, rhymes, musical instruments, rhythmic finger play, balance beam practice, yoga and physical expression are just a few of the activities that are used to develop large and small motor skills in children.

Art: Creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of acceptance and trust. By fosting an environment that encourages creative development, Montessori educators are able to introduce materials which stimulate the students' interest and involvement, with an emphasis on the sensory aspects of experience. …

Understanding the College Admissions Process

Image admission is a process that requires considering planning to accomplish successfully. College planners help students with the admission process, financial aid like scholarships or grants and prep courses for SAT or ACT tests. They make it easier for students and families in finding the right colleges according to the abilities of the student and the financial background of the family. With the help of college planners a student can plan for college and graduate in four years which saves a lot of time and money.

Enrolling in a good college requires proper planning and also the understanding of the admission process. You can find out the due date of submission of applications and the required paper works from the school admissions department. You can call them or find information by logging on to the schools website. You can apply to colleges under the regular decision plan. This plan allows you to apply to more than one college before the stated deadline date. You will be notified between mid-March and early April if you are admitted and the deposits are due till May 1st.

Early action applications enable students to apply to college early and know if he or she is will be accepted. The student has a deadline to May 1st to decide on joining the college, if admitted and can apply to other colleges under an early action or regular admission plan. You are under no obligation to join a college if you are admitted and you can compare the financial aid offers from different colleges before making a decision.

Early decision plan involves the student entering into a binding agreement with the college that he or she will enroll in the college if they are admitted. Early decision enables you to get rid of the stress associated with the admissions process but you will not have any bargaining power on the amount of financial aid offered. A student who has applied for early decision can apply to other colleges under regular admissions but will have to withdraw all applications if they are admitted under early decision.

The cost of attendance (COA) is determined by the college so it differs according to colleges. It generally includes tuition, fees, room and board as well as estimated cost for books, transportation and personal expenses. The minimum amount of money that the family is obliged to contribute to the student's education is called an EFC or Expected Family Contribution. It is compared with the COA to determine the need based financial aid eligibility of the student. It is calculated by using Federal Methodology. …