The Montessori Philosophy
“If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence.” Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori is a method of education based on self-directed activity, hands on learning and collaborative play. It is a student centered approach encouraging creativity and curiosity, leading children to ask questions, explore, investigate and think for themselves. Dr. Maria Montessori’s goal was to develop the child’s whole personality through an educational system that is focused on spontaneous use of the human intellect.
An Environment for Learning
The Montessori environment (classroom) is prepared in advance and consists of student centered lessons and/or activities. All of our lessons are hands on and interactive as students explore and discover information for themselves. With each student taking as much or as little time as they need to complete/master a lesson. All of this happens under the watchful eye of the director (teacher) and aide in the room.
Directors in our environments are not instructors but rather guides and consultants to the students on a one to one basis. Each environment contains students spanning three different age groups (i.e. Casa/pre-school is ages 2.5 to 6 years) working and playing together. This gives our youngest students someone to look up to and our older students someone to model responsible behaviour for.