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The Montessori Classroom

The Montessori School is a fun, hands-on, child centered community, that is time tested and research based. The Montessori Method is international and schools can be found on six continents.

The focus of this system is the development of materials, educational techniques, and observations which support the natural development of children. The teacher in a Montessori classroom serves less as an “instructor” and more as a guide and facilitator. Children are encouraged to “learn how to learn,” thus gaining independence and self-confidence. Because the method is based upon innovative developmentally appropriate activities, the child  learns by the process of exploring these self chosen activities.

The Montessori Method is designed to accommodate various stages of development in children which occur in roughly 3-year cycles.  From birth to 3 years of age the child is absorbing directly from the environment, almost as a sponge. It is during this phase that many language and motor skills are acquired without formal instruction.

During the second phase from 3 to 6 years of age, the child reaches a different stage in which repetition and manipulation of the environment are critical to the development of concentration, coordination, independence, and a sense of order. The child learns skills for everyday living, sorting, grading, classifying -all of which lead to the development of writing, reading, and a mathematical mind.

The preschool program is designed to meet the changing needs of each child as he/she grows from the 3 year old into the 6 year old. This 3 year age grouping allows the child to develop with fewer social transitions, offering greater flexibility in providing for each child’s needs.

The Montessori Classroom

The Montessori School is a fun, hands-on, child centered community, that is time tested and research based. The Montessori Method is international and schools can be found on six continents.

The focus of this system is the development of materials, educational techniques, and observations which support the natural development of children. The teacher in a Montessori classroom serves less as an “instructor” and more as a guide and facilitator. Children are encouraged to “learn how to learn,” thus gaining independence and self-confidence. Because the method is based upon innovative developmentally appropriate activities, the child  learns by the process of exploring these self chosen activities.

The Montessori Method is designed to accommodate various stages of development in children which occur in roughly 3-year cycles.  From birth to 3 years of age the child is absorbing directly from the environment, almost as a sponge. It is during this phase that many language and motor skills are acquired without formal instruction.

During the second phase from 3 to 6 years of age, the child reaches a different stage in which repetition and manipulation of the environment are critical to the development of concentration, coordination, independence, and a sense of order. The child learns skills for everyday living, sorting, grading, classifying -all of which lead to the development of writing, reading, and a mathematical mind.

The preschool program is designed to meet the changing needs of each child as he/she grows from the 3 year old into the 6 year old. This 3 year age grouping allows the child to develop with fewer social transitions, offering greater flexibility in providing for each child’s needs.

“Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.”

-Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was born in Italy on August 31, 1870. She was born to a well respected family and was expected to grow up to fulfill the traditional role of the Italian woman. Instead she pursued an advanced degree at the University of Rome and became one of the first women physicians to graduate in Italy. Her interests drew her to work with children, initially those who were disadvantaged and had special needs.

Because she was an anthropologist, Montessori’s decisions about working with children were made by observing them first. She was not trained as an educator and thus her decisions were based upon watching what children did and what they were attracted to. Through her observations and experiences, she developed what became known as the Montessori Method of education. It was a radical departure in Montessori’s own time. She did not place children in restricting dull environments, but instead designed a beautiful dynamic environment to meet the needs of the young child. Tables and chairs were child-sized and materials were placed on low shelves to be readily accessible to the students. Many of the activities were designed to teach children how to become more independent and do things for themselves.

Montessori continued throughout her life to work for the betterment of the lives of children, founding training centers for teachers and dispersing this method of education throughout the world. During her later years her focus became centered around educating children to promote the principles of peace. Her legacy has been the establishment of Montessori schools around the world, which promote the cause of the child as a citizen of the world.

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was born in Italy on August 31, 1870. She was born to a well respected family and was expected to grow up to fulfill the traditional role of the Italian woman. Instead she pursued an advanced degree at the University of Rome and became one of the first women physicians to graduate in Italy. Her interests drew her to work with children, initially those who were disadvantaged and had special needs.

Because she was an anthropologist, Montessori’s decisions about working with children were made by observing them first. She was not trained as an educator and thus her decisions were based upon watching what children did and what they were attracted to. Through her observations and experiences, she developed what became known as the Montessori Method of education. It was a radical departure in Montessori’s own time. She did not place children in restricting dull environments, but instead designed a beautiful dynamic environment to meet the needs of the young child. Tables and chairs were child-sized and materials were placed on low shelves to be readily accessible to the students. Many of the activities were designed to teach children how to become more independent and do things for themselves.

Montessori continued throughout her life to work for the betterment of the lives of children, founding training centers for teachers and dispersing this method of education throughout the world. During her later years her focus became centered around educating children to promote the principles of peace. Her legacy has been the establishment of Montessori schools around the world, which promote the cause of the child as a citizen of the world.