The Montessori Method is a child-centered educational approach that recognizes the child as naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning when provided with a supportive, thoughtfully prepared environment and sequential, hands-on learning materials. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the child as a whole.We believe that the task of childhood is to create the adult. We attempt to aid the child in creating the best possible “adult self” by structuring a special, child-oriented environment which meets the needs of each individual within the context of a peer group.
Montessori is neither a rigid system nor it is a “free for all”. It is a highly structured program which allows the child to experience a great deal of personal freedom within well-defined limits. Each child has a measure of freedom; each child is expected to assume a measure of responsibility.
- Learning occurs in a cooperative atmosphere marked by social interaction and peer teaching.
- A primary goal of Montessori education is to foster competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers.
- Learning takes place through the senses. Students learn by manipulating material and interacting with others. These meaningful experiences are precursors to the abstract understanding of ideas.
- The child is considered as a whole. The physical, emotional, social, aesthetic, spiritual, and cognitive needs and interests are inseparable and equally important.
- Respect and caring attitudes for oneself, others, the environment, and all life are necessary.
The Montessori Experience is not simply a preparation for elementary school. It is preparation for life. Your child is not simply “taught”– they are shown how to learn
If you are interested in learning more about Montessori please browse the links below:
American Montessori Society – http://amshq.org
Montessori Method – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_education
The Age of Montessori – http://ageofmontessori.org/montessori-method/