What is Montessori?
Montessori Education is both a philosophy of child development and a rationale for quality in that development. The special method, named for the Italian physician Maria Montessori, stresses the importance of the development of a healthy self-concept. Education, she believed, is a preparation for life, not merely a search for intellectual skills. The child has one intuitive aim- his self development. He desperately wants to develop his inner resources and his ability to cope with a strange, complex world. The child who accomplishes this moves into harmony with his world and becomes a full person. The Montessori method pursues the fact that the mind of the very young child is absorbent and thus the environment should be prepared carefully to train his senses, to stimulate his curiosity, to satisfy his need to know and to protect him from unnecessary failure. Montessori's philosophy and psychological principles led her to devise carefully graded series of self-teaching devices that are now commonly accepted and supported by current research. Our school typifies Montessori education through it's concern for the environment, the community, the child and the teacher.
The daily routine includes a variety of activities that provide a balance of quiet individual work, individual and group projects, and active participation. These activities are split into nine main areas of daily study: Language Arts, Math, Science, Geography, Sensorial, Practical Life, Foreign Languages, Fine Arts and Social Graces. Our montessori program provides your child with a strong intellectual foundation, while also acquiring the social grace to become a lady, or gentleman.
The very young child is in the process of forming his first impressions of his own nature and ability; of other people; and of life in general- impressions that can last a lifetime. To reach the highest potential possible, the child must develop a healthy self concept; wholesome attitudes and values; desirable skills and habits; independence and self-reliance; the ability to adjust and to think reflectively; as well as a sensitivity in human relationships and a curiosity and appreciation of nature and the world that surrounds him.
What happens when a child leaves Montessori?
Montessori Children are unusually adaptable. They have learned to work independently and in groups. Since they've been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem solvers who can make choices and manage their time well. They have also been encouraged to exchange ideas and discuss their work freely with others. Good communication skills ease the way in new settings.
Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a sense of good self-esteem. Montessori programs, based on self directed, non competitive activities, help children develop good self-images and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism.