Experiential learning or “learning by doing,” is an essential constituent of the Montessori teaching method. It consists of structuring lessons so students can do work for themselves – and through meaningful experiences – commit information to memory. It is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands on learning and collaborative play.
In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom (also known as the favorable environment) and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work in both groups and individually to discover and explore knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential.
One of the many examples of experiential learning in our school is the annual celebration of peace at our Peace Festival. Our students actively engage in learning about the other cultures of the world by participating in the annual festival. Families and friends are invited to this annual celebration. Our guests bring foods from different parts of the world and wear traditional attire that represents their culture and ethnicity. This cultural immersion correlates to what the children are already learning in their classrooms. Along with this amazing cultural experience, our children also develop global awareness. This enables them to understand, respect and appreciate differences in the people around them.