What is a Montessori Education?
Montessori education guides the child's natural urge to create his own personality and humanity. He builds his mind as he uses his muscles to created coordination. He challenges himself to solve problems as he explores the environment and has to discover how things work. He builds an inner road map for his own personal organization through the guidance of the Montessori Guide and the order of the Montessori environment.
The social and emotional aspects of the child's personality develop in an environment where children interact with each other and choose their work according to guidelines that are logical and orderly. Natural limitations in the classroom help the child to know that movements as well as social interactions are handled with developing self-discipline and care that lead to responsibility.
The child learns academic concepts of language, mathematics, science, geography, music and art through his work with the Montessori materials which are self-teaching. The result is the child being a contributing member of their home, school and community. Classrooms are based on the AMI Montessori pedagogy (the art, science, or profession of teaching).
The children have choices in their work selection once given a lesson by the directress. The directress presents lessons individually and in small groups.
The Montessori philosophy encourages us to see children as they really are, and to provide an environment which enables them to reach their highest potential.
Benefits of a Montessori Education
- Mixed ages in the classroom, with older children assisting and teaching younger children, builds confidence, self-esteem and compassion.
- Self-correcting materials give children the opportunity to learn through their own errors.
- Each child learns at their own pace.
- Concrete learning involving hands-on experience, leads to abstract learning as the child develops and is ready for conceptualization.
- Child-centered environment where all materials are within their reach and the furniture is comfortable for them.
- Work for the joy of working and the sense of discovery: children delight in learning new tasks and are interested in the work itself.
- Self-discipline develops naturally: expectations are clearly stated and followed through by the teacher and as well as by the older children who have absorbed the classroom order.
- Prepared environment, where everything has a specific place, enhancing the child’s natural tendency for order.
- Children are motivated by the need to work toward self-development. Independence is gained by encouraging this natural drive and shows itself in the child's emotional growth.
Goals of a Montessori Education
Help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity.
Provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural drive to work and learn.
Encourage the child’s inherent love of learning.
Develop concentration, motivation, persistence and discipline.
Encourage each child’s unique personality.
Develop an appreciation for the world while becoming responsible human beings and active members of a harmonious society.