Saturday, September 20, 2014

One of the major issue in education is early childhood education.
The importance of early childhood education is because of its
long lasting effects on students. But there are a lot of issues.
The major issues in education in early childhood are:
1. Education is important but it is no longer given the high priority,
by the federal government, it once enjoyed. How else can one
interpret the decreased government spending on education,
as a percentage of gross domestic product, compared to a
generation ago, and the decrease in teacher's salaries compared
to what teachers were paid  before?

2. Lack of effective, cooperative government leadership, as
for example, evidenced in the No Child Left Behind Act.
Government should be working with teachers, not against
them to create effective educational plans. If education is
important, let our leaders prove it by working with teachers.

3. Worsening boredom and negative feelings by children,
concerning their educational experience. The "No Child Left
Behind Act" made an often, boring, educational environment
worse. It has forced teachers to organize their teaching
around teaching to pass the test, which emphasizes rote
learning. Rote learning is boring and creates negative
feelings in children that interfere with learning. This is
not proper education. If education is important to our
leaders let them make it a positive experience for our kids-
another one of the major issues in education.

4. Declining middle class incomes relative to the 1970s led
to a decrease in proper education since parents had to
work, instead of making themselves available at home to help
their children.

5. Computer-video games and television are significantly
interfering with children's education by creating negative
feelings that interfere with learning, decreasing attention
span, and taking away from both learning and normal play
time-still another of the major issues in education.

What do you think about it?

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Many parents start thinking about their children education from the moment of the child birth. This question begins to be more actual when child reaches preschool age. There are many potential benefits of a Montessori preschool for children just starting out in the education process.

First of all, Montessori Method focused on hands-on learning ; when children working on activities that teach language, math, culture and practical life , concrete learning used rather that abstract . Teachers encourage students to concrete on the task, give children opportunities to interact more, allow students to focus on activities until they are properly mastered. Moreover, Montessori system is highly Individualized to each student, and each student is allowed to explore activities and concepts on their own. Students in the Montessori program are allowed to explore activities and concepts at their own pace. This naturally encourages children to try more challenging areas, which accelerates their learning experience.

The another benefit of Montessori Method, that it has specific rules that are enforced by the teachers. The Montessori method allows children to choose the activities they want for each day, and they choose how long they would stay on this task. These "rules" teach children self-discipline, and promotes improving concentration, self-control and motivation skills. But even children are allowed to choose activities they like to do, creativity in classroom is encouraged. Most important not a result, most important the joy children taken out of their work, so children more concentrating on process than on the result, this is natural path to creativity. Even classroom environment teaches children order, all objects and activities have precise locations on the shelves of a Montessori classroom. When children are finished with an activity, they place items back into their appropriate places. This sense of order helps facilitate the learning process and teaches self-discipline.

Montessori Method is beneficial for preschool education, because it is focusing on key developmental milestones in children between the ages of three and five. At age of three children focus on honing large muscle and language skill; at age of four , children working on fine motor skill improvement completing everyday activities; and at age of five , children through special events and trips broaden their learning experience. Teachers in the Montessori classroom facilitating the learning process, and not determining what it would look like. However, teachers do not determine the pace of the classroom – that is strictly up to individual students, as teachers strive to remain as unobtrusive as possible.

What do you think about using the Montessori methodology on early stages of child development?