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From the empirical research, its effectiveness generally indicates Montessori Preschools help advance a child’s test scores. While Montessori children may read and spell particularly well, researchers are more impressed by the attitude that Montessori school foster – concentration, confidence and independence. The Montessori system has its own teaching apparatus which enables the child to master almost all Pre-School to Primary National Curriculum.
Learning Through Play
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” (Plato). This is because play is the most natural activity for children. Play promotes children’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development as well as skills, abilities, and competencies important for school and life success. To children, there is no difference between play and learning. SEP aims to make learning natural, fun and enjoyable through play.
Storytelling and learning
‘Stories allow a person to feel, and see, the information, as well as factually understand it … because you ‘hear’ the information factually, visually and emotionally, it is more likely to be imprinted on your brain in a way that it sticks with you longer, with very little effort on your part.’ (Neuhauser 1993, p.4). Stories are widely used by educators to share information and help children to make sense of the learning. However, developing stories require even more of children’s ability in memory, visualization, language, communication and creativity. SEP aims to bridge classroom learning with real world issues through storytelling, story reading and story development.
The Power of Hands-on and Experiential Learning
“for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them“ (Aristostle)
Experiential learning or ‘Learning by doing and reflection’ enhances learning by giving children the opportunity to see, do and reflect/discuss. SEP aims to enhance children’s school learning through hands-on experience by means of projects-based learning and site visits.