What is Montessori?

The Montessori Philosophy 

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Dr. Maria Montessori believed that self-motivation was the key to learning. She discovered that students learn by doing. Therefore, a Montessori classroom provides students with  various opportunities to explore and manipulate materials independently.The Montessori teacher acts as a facilitator whose role is to stimulate interest in all facets of the child-centered learning environment. Montessori education recognizes the importance of all development areas, including social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs.

In a Montessori classroom setting we focus on:

  • An individualized approach to education that recognizes individual learning ability, interest and pace.
  • Independence in all aspects of the day (both at school and home)
  • Encouraging students to respect their environment and one another.
  • Allowing students the freedom on choice.
  • Creation of an environment rich in learning opportunities for the child’s absorbent mind.  
The Montessori system of education is based on four focuses.
  1. The Absorbent Mind – birth to age 6 children use their senses to absorb large amounts of information about the environment.
  2. The Sensitive Periods – children are driven by their attentions and energy to develop a certain skill.
  3. Prepared Environment – a carefully designed environment arranged by the teacher where learning can happen.
  4. Control of Error – many Montessori materials have built in self correction.
Our Montessori Preschool meets each child’s needs in the following areas:
  1. Practical Life Center
  2. Math Center
  3. Language Center
  4. Sensory Center
  5. Science and Geography Center
  6. Grace and Courtesy Skill Development
  7. Music
“And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.”

Maria Montessori