“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire ‘to make him learn things’ but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” –Dr. Maria Montessori
A Montessori education balances freedom with responsibility and sets high standards of intellectual, social and moral development that is firmly rooted in the developmental stages of children.
- Freedom of movement to interact with peers and choice of activity nurtures the excitement of learning. Maria Montessori saw freedom as the single most important factor in allowing children to develop as spontaneous, creative individuals. Children naturally love to learn and are internally motivated.
- The prepared environment is essential. The classroom is a responsive environment prepared with multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials to support self-directed learning and the development of independence. The focus is on the process, not the results.
- Children learn at their own pace and level. Small group instruction enables the child to learn at his or her own pace, with tailored instruction for each child. Through such small group instruction, teachers are able to develop strong relationships with their students and families, understanding each child’s strengths, challenges and how to unlock and ignite their potential.
- Montessori focuses on the similarities in people, which lead toward understanding and peace. The curriculum emphasizes geography, history, world cultures, community service and peace education. Through the exploration of cultures, children gain a basic global perspective and begin to understand issues facing all of humanity.
- Our children practice stewardship of the earth. Students learn that we are the keepers of the earth and have responsibility for an environment that sustains life.
- Freedom and self-discipline are inter-twined. Self-discipline is acquired gradually through absorption in meaningful work. The child is guided by respect for the teacher, for the work of others and respect for the materials themselves. Growth requires freedom to use inborn powers to develop physically, intellectually and socially. A Montessori classroom provides this freedom within the limits of an environment that encourages a sense of order and self-discipline. Children thrive on order and structure, but need freedom within that order and structure to explore and learn.
- All classes are multi-aged. In a three-year period, children experience being the youngest, the middle and the oldest in the community. They learn from, they practice with, and they teach other students. In this way, students reinforce their own learning and master skills while helping others.
- Montessori Education (Wiki): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_method
- Wikisori: http://www.wikisori.org/
- Maria Montessori Blog: http://mariamontessori.com/mm/
- Association Montessori Internationale: http://www.montessori-ami.org/
- Association Montessori USA: http://amiusa.org/
- American Montessori Society: http://www.amshq.org/
- Montessori Science: http://www.montessori-science.org
- Aid to Life: http://aidtolife.org/index.html
- What is Montessori Resource Site: http://montessoriobserver.com/what-is-montessori/montessori-videos/
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- Montessori…It’s Good for Business, Southern California Public Radio
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- Made by Montessori: The Education Method for Executives of the Future, Exec Digital