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STEAMspark Montessori Experience

The Impact of Early Childhood Education on Later Academic Success

The Impact of Early Childhood Education on Later Academic Success

STEAMspark’s early childhood education program is based on Montessori principles encouraging child-directed learning. We combine a child's innate curiosity with highly curated academic content. Our preschool experience seeks to develop the whole child through age-appropriate social, emotional, and cognitive skill-building exercises. We know that the Montessori philosophy guiding our preschool program leads to significantly improved childhood learning outcomes. When you choose STEAMspark Montessori, you provide your child with an excellent educational foundation they can build on for the rest of their academic career. Today, let’s explore how a high-quality early childhood education can help set your child up for success in the future.

1. Hands-On Learning

Experiential learning is an essential aspect of a Montessori education. The materials available to students in a Montessori educational space are created to encourage independent problem-solving, focus, and organic social interaction. These sensorial activities promote independence while addressing specific aspects of early childhood development. Hands-on classroom learning addresses fine and gross motor skills and practical life skills intended to empower your child.

Honing these skills early on in child development can instill deep confidence in exploring the world and lay the groundwork for learners who are used to working through problems both collaboratively and individually.

2. Mixed-Age Classrooms

A significant tenet of Montessori learning is the mixed-age classroom. Our age groups range from 6 weeks to 18 months and 18 to 36 months. Our mixed-age classrooms are intended to foster a sense of community amongst students, allowing them to hone their empathy, emotional intelligence, and collaboration skills. Older children are allowed the opportunity to take on leadership roles towards younger students in the classroom from a very young age. At the same time, younger students are able to learn through observation and examples from near-peers. This symbiotic learning allows students of all ages to cooperate for the common goal of academic achievement.

Multi-age classrooms instill the skills young learners need to become leaders and team players in future academic and professional settings.

3. Emphasis on Individuality

Perhaps one of the most impactful ways Montessori education differs from traditional educational programs is the critical emphasis on respecting each student's unique individuality. Not all children learn the same, nor do they all share predispositions towards

specific skills or interests. To foster a life-long love for learning, it is essential to encourage children to move forward on their own unique educational path. We promote intellectual independence and self-confidence by affirming and uplifting each child's individuality. When young learners can establish a strong sense of self, they can better navigate learning paths in the future. These students are resilient, adaptable, and willing to take the initiative in fulfilling their academic potential.

An early childhood education focused on celebrating independence instead of curtailing it leads to learners with higher self-esteem and a more precise focus on academic goals.

STEAMspark Montessori provides an early childhood educational experience intended to promote high levels of success throughout your child's academic life. The environment in our classrooms has been meticulously designed to promote the holistic development of early learners. Our students can advance in their education as well-rounded, capable individuals with a life-long love of learning.