A Montessori Reggio Education: What Does This Mean?

“A child who has become master of his acts through long and repeated exercises, and who has been encouraged by the pleasant and interesting activities in which he has been engaged, is a child filled with health and joy and remarkable for his calmness and discipline.” -Maria Montessori

 

Unlike other Montessori Schools, at MRA Sugar Land, our learning and teaching centers around The Montessori Method and The Reggio Emilia form of education. But what exactly does this mean?

 

First, we follow the traditional Montessori Method with the belief that cognitive development is the product of interaction between the individual and the environment. Education is student-centered. Students don’t just sit at desks in front of the classroom listening to lectures. Instead, they are free to move around class, choose their own tasks, and interact with their peers. It’s all about hands on-experience with very limited technology. 

 

Next, we combine this method with the unique and self-guided Reggio Emilia approach, where teachers and students co-construct the curriculum. Teachers listen to and observe kids in class to see what sparks their interest. This helps them learn what kids are drawn to and plot out their curriculum and projects accordingly. The Reggio classroom is set up to promote lots of interaction, most importantly with parents as an important part of their educational growth. 

 

Together, these two forms of education create an atmosphere of flexible learning, student interaction, and academic learning through art and form of expression. 

 

With these factors in mind, our number one goal at MRA Sugar Land is: To spark a child’s interest in learning while developing independence and self-confidence, helping them to become lifelong learners.