A Montessori Dictionary has many of the terms you need to understand Montessori in practice and theory. Here is an example:
“Three Hour Work Cycle
Through years of observation around the world, Montessori came to understand that children, when left in freedom, displayed a distinct work cycle which was so predictable it could even be graphed. This cycle with two peaks and one valley lasted approximately three hours. In Montessori schools children have three hours of open, uninterrupted time to choose independent work, become deeply engaged, and repeat to their own satisfaction. “
‘The academic effectiveness of home education is largely a settled issue. Numerous studies have confirmed the academic integrity of home education programs, demonstrating that on average, home-educated students outperform their publicly-run school peers by 30 to 37 percentile points across all subjects.” Wikihomeschooling Wow!
Paremts, who value education, seem to make a difference for their children. I think that parents who homeschool, send their children to Montessori schools, or public magnet schools really have one thing in common, they care about providing their children with the best education possible. It seems like the most important thing for a child’s success in education and life is parents who care.
It’s even more wonderful that homeschooled children tend to be happier adults!