WHAT IS MONTESSORI?

Montessori is a form of education that has been practiced around the world for over 100 years. Montessori is based on the idea that children are born wanting to learn.

If we unlock that natural desire to learn, then what follows is academic success. The goals of a Montessori education, however, don’t stop at academic excellence.

We accomplish this goal in specially prepared classrooms full of concrete materials designed to introduce concepts. Within this environment we follow each child as they internalize concepts that build on one another and lead to a deep understanding of the world and a love of learning.

Maria Montessori
A BRIEF HISTORY

THE CLASSROOM

In the Montessori Classroom, children are allowed to choose their work instead of the teacher choosing the work for them. The trained teacher in the Montessori classroom serves more as a guide whose responsibility is to observe children during their work periods and assess them according to mastery. By observing children’s behaviors, the teacher is able to identify what motivates them.

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HIDDEN CURRICULUM

The Montessori materials are tools to stimulate the child into logical thought and discovery. They are provocative, enticing and simple. Each piece of material presents one concept or idea at a time and has what is known as a “control of error”. If the child has done something incorrectly it will be self-evident. Being able to see his or her own mistake allows the child to work independently.

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MULTIPLE YEAR CYCLES

The three-year age range enables older children to teach the younger and learn much themselves from the experience while the younger children are inspired to try more advanced work through observing the older ones. With such a variety of levels in the classroom, each child can work at his or her own pace, unhindered by competition and encouraged by co-operation.

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MONTESSORI MYTHS

Montessori education has been around long enough, and is different enough from most people’s experience of education, that certain Montessori is child-centered learning, therefore it’s an environment that’s right for ALL children. Help us dispel any myths you may have heard by scheduling a first-hand observation at our school.

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OUTCOME OF MONTESSORI

The Montessori approach offers children intentionally prepared environments that are full of beauty and order. Materials in the classroom are appealing and designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. Montessori-trained teachers are the bridge between the environment and the student, first through careful observation of each child, and then by providing appropriate instruction and guidance.

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