The Montessori Method
PEACEFUL & RESPECTFUL
In response to high stakes standardized learning and testing, there is a growing movement towards holistic education. Your desire for education that is both peaceful and respectful of your child’s natural development does not need to be disruptive in any way.
Montessori education is increasingly becoming the blueprint for a preferred approach to learning—one that’s demonstrating long-term success and validated with current research.
A Montessori Directress aims to:
- create external order to facilitate internal order
- be open, flexible, and sensitive to the child
- follow the child
- invite the child to lessons
- reinforce only that behavior which she approves of
- accept herself before she will be able to create independence in the child
A prepared environment is:
- structured to meet the needs of the child
- orderly, neat, clean, and aesthetically pleasing
- filled with child-size furniture and materials
- accessible to the outdoors
- offering liberty within limits
- bright, cheerful, and simple
- supplying the needs of the child
Your child will easily access the work that is essential to development. The multi-sensory approach to hands-on learning isolates one sense and skill at a time. Scientifically designed Montessori materials are ordered on the shelves from large to small, concrete to abstract, and simple to complex. Included in the room are the sensorial, mathematics, language, science, and music areas.
Effective learning is self-directed and calls for development of the whole person. Montessori philosophy is shaping a generation uniquely prepared for the demands of the 21st century.
SENSITIVE OR CRITICAL PERIODS
Your child will experience critical periods that exist in behavioral development and function as windows of opportunity. If we don’t capture these periods of development there can be an arrestment of growth. Each level caters to the specific sensitive periods such as language, mathematical exactness, moral justice, and order.
A Montessori educator understands the needs of your child that must be met.
A basic understanding of the problems of childhood is necessary.
Respecting the individual ability of each child and learning how to promote it is key.
Providing opportunities to experience success before failure is important.
Mistakes are welcomed as an important part of learning.
The teacher must understand herself if she is to discover your child.
RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
Your child has the right to:
- work undisturbed
- have freedom of movement
- your attention
FREEDOM WITH RESPONSIBILITY
- Your child is free to develop the potential within him(her)self.
- She(he) is free to learn, explore, to discover.
- Children are free to be creative.
- She(he) has the freedom of choice.
- Your child has the freedom to develop his(her) individual interests.