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Here's how the Kids 'R' Kids Educational Philosophy Compares to the Montessori Method

The standards based curriculum at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Hixson is founded upon the educational theories of Sara Smilansky, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky. These three world renowned educational theorists have created a successful guide for the educational strategies utilized at all Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies. We understand the need for age appropriate learning experiences for every child. Kids ‘R’ Kids is committed to helping every child, at every level through a process of teacher and peer interaction in our safe and creative environment as recommended by Vygotsky's theories of the development of the young mind. The Kids ‘R’ Kids curriculum scaffolds teaching strategies for every classroom and age. Piaget's framework of proposed stages in a child's developing ability to learn is also implemented at every level of growth.

Finally, at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Hixson, we believe in Smilansky's teachings of learning through play. Our curriculum includes a plethora of indoor and outdoor playtime activities during every stage of learning. We are committed to creating excellent opportunities for children to explore and learn about the world around them! Smilansky, Vygotsky, and Piaget agree, young children learn best when they take an active role in constructing meaning from the world around them. 

Though similar in philosophy to Vygotsky, Piaget, and Smilansky's methods, the Montessori approach is another advocat of educational constructivism, but with some distinct differences in philosophy and approach.

Here is a chart to help compare the differences between the Kids 'R' Kids' teaching philosophy and the Montessori teaching method for young children.

Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies Montessori
Motto: Hug First, then Teach Motto: Respect of the Child
Nurturing prepared environment with center-based activities Nurturing prepared environment similar to home-living set up
Balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated activities during a typical day following a predictable schedule Predominantly child directed choices of activities available referred to as "child's work" without specific scheduled routines
Accredited curriculum by AdvancED based on developmental milestones of motor and verbal skills achievement by age Holistic curriculum dealing with all aspects of young child's acquisition of knowledge
Standards-based curriculum linked to national and state Pre-K Requirement standards Skill acquisition is based on sensitive periods of learning by individual child
Children grouped by age in six months increments Mixed age groups
Each day has specific teaching plans and scheduled routines Each day is driven by self interest of child with minimal interruptions
Large and small group planned activities to engage children Children urged to follow own interest and move at own pace
Staff of teachers exceed annual state training requirements AMI, AMS Certification preferred
Achievement assessment by specific learning goal with progress tracking in addition to anecdotal and portfolio evidence Assessment by anecdotal observations and portfolio evidence
Use of assessment tools for first grade readiness Children need to make transition into more traditional setting when leaving program


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