Our Philosophy of Education
The Montessori Method is a philosophy of education named after its founder, Dr. Maria Montessori. One of the most influential educators of our time, she emphasized the need for early education. The movement evolved through her love and dedication to children and was born from many years of observation of how they learn. Child development research has verified that the first six years are the most productive of a child’s life and the Montessori Method of education is regarded by many as unsurpassed in its ability to help children achieve their full potential not only in academic terms but also in terms of emotional, social and physical growth. The recent realization of these facts is leading parents to seek an earlier and broader alternative method of education for their children.
Dr. Maria Montessori recognized that children have an innate curiosity and, therefore, sought to design materials that would entice children to learn through satisfaction of their own natural curiosity. She designed bright, colorful materials that stimulate discovery, exploration and imagination.
A Prepared Environment
The Montessori system of education is both a study of child growth and a rationale for guiding that growth. Through the use of carefully designed materials, and a classroom environment scaled to the child’s dimensions, we strive to ‘bring the world to the child.’ Children have a deep love and need for purposeful work. However, unlike most adults who work for profit, the child works for the sake of the activity itself. This activity accomplishes the most important goal for our children: the development of their mental, physical and psychological skills and social well-being.
The classroom atmosphere is one of quiet activity. The children are free to choose activities from five main areas: practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics and the arts and sciences. They work with pleasure and enthusiasm, developing skills and making discoveries at their own pace. Through this process of self-building and self-discipline, each child gradually becomes independent, industrious and joyful in the learning process.
The children learn both self-respect and respect for those around them. They learn to care for themselves, for their materials, and for their environment. As they choose tasks, which they follow through to completion, they evolve from self-centered individuals into socially aware people. They become individuals with an awareness of themselves that encourages them to enter into and deal with any social situation.
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