The Montessori Method of education is basically a unique approach to learning; it is the fundamental belief that a child learns best within a social environment which supports and respects each individual’s unique development. Rather than “teaching” the child ideas, a classroom is designed to stimulate the child’s interest and help their understanding and learning capacities — with little or no adult intervention. It uses the “whole child” approach to learning. Montessori theory is based on these concepts:
- Children are respected as individuals who are different from one another.
- Children create themselves through purposeful activity and opportunity play.
- The most important learning occurs from birth to age six
- Children are sensitive and have the mental ability to absorb and learn from the environment, which includes people as well as materials.
Children are free to work at their individual pace with materials they choose. They can work independently or with others. The teacher makes observations and decides when to introduce new concepts or tools. This concept is to develop self-directed learning in a community setting.
The multi-age classrooms provide a family type of atmosphere where the more experienced children share their talents while reinforcing what they have learned.
Montessori teaches understanding, learning GELDS and the importance of curriculum based learning through play. The teacher acts as the role model, demonstrator, record keeper, observer and designer for the environment.
The classroom atmosphere will encourage social interaction for cooperative learning, peer teaching and emotional development.
It is necessary to give children the possibility of developing according to the laws of nature, so that they can become strong, and, having become strong, can do even more than dared hope for them.
Growing strong roots for life success!
In most preschools, the children are taught educational ideas in a group by a teacher. In a Montessori Preschool the children learn ideas as they work independently with the many materials in the school room.