MONTESSORI

EDUCATION

Developed more than a century ago, Montessori is an educational philosophy based on the work and observations of Dr. Maria Montessori. Although most popular in early childhood environments, the Montessori method currently serves children from birth through adolescence in schools all over the world.

The method recognizes that the mind of a child during the first six years of life is especially absorbent. Guided by universal developmental periods, children acquire order, controlled movement, spoken and written language, refinement of their senses, and mathematical thinking almost effortlessly. The method highlights the crucial importance of providing children with a rich and diverse learning environment suited to their natural needs and tendencies in order for them to develop to their highest potential during these critical years.

 

MONTESSORI SCHOOL QUALITY

  1. A beautifully clean and ordered environment- obvious time taken to make things look as pleasing as possible. A child-sized environment where as many objects and activities as possible are within the child’s reach.
  2. Children are defined as ages working alongside each other.
  3. Clearly defined areas within the school where materials are arranged in the following curriculum areas: Practical life / Sensorial / Language / Mathematics / Culture / Creative activities.
  4. Children having continual and free access to ranges of materials.
  5. A love of nature- tables and shelves displaying a range of natural items- maybe live school animals that the children watch over and care for.
  6. Predominantly calm children that are deeply involved in individual activities- but also the same children demonstrating dynamic energy and enthusiasm when involved in social and group activities.
  7. Difficult children being treated firmly but with loving respect from teachers.
  8. Children watching over and helping other children.
  9. Children watching over and maintaining the order in the environment (putting things away and cleaning without adult involvement).
  10. Children obviously not always waiting to be told what to do.
  11. Children demonstrating a high level of confidence and independence.
  12. Children socializing easily and spontaneously with each other and the adults in the environment.
  13. Teachers that often seem to be standing back and simply observing the children.
  14. A general atmosphere of fun and happiness.


“Having your child at a Montessori school has one great benefit over others, in that your child is an individual. They are taught on a specific level by the teacher, who will guide, mentor, mold, and observe your child, which will bring out their best potential for the future.”