Is it too early for 4-year-olds to learn how to read?

September 3rd, 2017|Childhood skills, Education, Montessori philosophy|

Does the idea of 4-year-olds learning how to read seem odd? How about 3-year-olds learning how to write?

At Montessori schools, it’s the norm.

That’s what Indianapolis parent Andrell Moore found out a few years ago. When Moore arrived at Maria Montessori International Academy to pick up his daughter at the end of a school day, the teachers gave him an unexpected surprise: a recording of the young girl reading an entire book for the first time.

He was taken aback. “The thing about it was that was really surprising that it was before her 4th birthday,” Moore recalled. “It was priceless. Normally, you would have to be attending super expensive academies to receive that type of education. What they were able to provide my daughter was really priceless.”

Moore’s child wasn’t the only student at MMIA who learned to read at the ages

Read Our Top 10 Montessori Quotes for Inspiration

July 15th, 2017|Childhood skills, Education, Montessori philosophy|

As she was with her teaching methods, Dr. Maria Montessori is memorable for her inspiring quotes. Many of them are based on her research and observations that shaped the life-changing philosophies of the Montessori Method. Over the course of many years, Dr. Montessori shared her insights in books and lectures around the world.

No matter who you are in the life of a child — as a parent, teacher, friend or relative, we’re sure you’ll find our Top 10 favorite Maria Montessori quotes truly inspiring.
Please share a few of your own favorite Montessori quotes with us!

Here they are … our top 10 Montessori quotes!

“The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge. He has the power to teach himself.”

“A child who has become master of his acts through long and repeated exercises, and who has been encouraged by the pleasant and

4 reasons why music is critical to your child’s development

July 2nd, 2017|Childhood skills, Music|

By Vivian Cain

Music is essential to your child’s development, as Dr. Maria Montessori discovered many years ago when developing the Montessori curriculum.

Music helps children develop skills in communication and self-expression. It brings joy to the Montessori classroom and is instrumental in developing a child’s basic math and literacy performance. Best of all, children of any age and at any level can benefit from music in the classroom.

At Maria Montessori International Academy, we offer musical education for every age for those and many more reasons. Here are a few ways music education plays a part in MMIA’s programs for any age.

Music enhances a child’s brain development. Dr. Maria Montessori’s approach begins with recognizing your child’s sensation development periods and introducing experiences that coincide with them. During your child’s first three years, music helps build connections between brain cells that boost