Why Choose A Montessori School?
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that children learn because they are motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. She revealed the sensitivity of the child to his environment from which they absorb their perceptions and knowledge. Children develop most of their basic attitudes and values about life and learning in the preschool years. Through a child-centered environment the children "learn how to learn". The Montessori curriculum consists of instruction in the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial Development, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The Montessori program stresses self education and training through the use of movement and senses.
As the natural developmental milestones for order, concentration, coordination and independence are met, success builds upon success, and the child gains an inner discipline and the security of a strong self-image. Social interaction with children, both older and younger, as well as with caring adults, adds to their enjoyment and growth. Positive encouragement and praise reinforce the child's feelings of self-confidence and self-assurance. Through these experiences of success, the child develops a willingness to attempt new challenges.
The Montessori classroom offers the child the opportunity to choose from a variety of materials. Growth and development occur as their interests lead them from one level of complexity to another. Having preschool children ages 2 to 6 together provides the younger child with a series of models for imitation and social skill building. The older children have the opportunity to reinforce their knowledge by assisting the younger ones.
The role of the teacher in the Montessori classroom is to observe the individual interests and needs of each child. Through observation, the teacher is able to design an individualized learning plan specific to the child's needs. Each Montessori classroom is setup specifically for the children who use that classroom and, as their needs change, so does the classroom. The Montessori teacher is trained to recognize periods of readiness. Sometimes it is necessary to divert a child who chooses materials beyond their ability; other times the teacher must encourage a child who may be hesitant, to explore some of the lessons. Each child relates to their own work and previous experiences. His/her progress is not compared to the achievements of the other children. Through this non-competitive environment the child gains confidence in him or herself and experiences success.