The Montessori Philosophy
|The Montessori system of education is both a philosophy of
child growth and a rationale for guiding such growth. It is based on the
child's developmental needs for freedom within limits, and a carefully
prepared environment, which guarantees exposure to a wide range of materials
and experiences through which a child can develop intellectually, as well as
physically and socially.
A Montessori education recognizes that the only
valid impulse to learning is the self motivation of the child. The
Montessori classroom is designed to capture the unique ability of children
to develop their own capabilities. The adult prepares the environment,
provides the activity, functions as the resource person or exemplar, offers
the child stimulation and guidance; but it is the child who learns, who is
motivated through the work itself to persist in his/her chosen task.
The Montessori environment invites the child to progress at his/her own
pace. Montessori introduces the child to the love of learning at an early
age with the hope of building the foundation for a lifetime of creative
learning. Montessori is not only a contemporary and progressive method of
education, but it becomes a way of life for all that come to know it.
What makes Montessori education unique?
- The "whole child" approach.
The primary goal of a Montessori Program is to help each child reach full
potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of
social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination as well as
cognitive preparation. The holistic curriculum allows the child to
experience the joy of learning and to develop self esteem and
- The "Prepared environment".
In order for self-directed learning to take place, the whole learning
environment, material and social climate must be supportive of the
learner. The teacher provides necessary resources, including opportunities
for children to function in a safe and positive climate. The teacher thus
gains the children's trust, which enables them to try new things and build
- The Montessori materials.
Dr. Montessori's observations of the kinds of "toys" which children enjoy
and return to play with repeatedly led her to design a number of
multi-sensory sequential and self-correcting materials which facilitate
the learning of skills and concepts. Our teachers follow the "Montessori
principles" as they develop new materials and activities for the
- The teacher.
Originally called a "Directress," the Montessori teacher functions as a
facilitator of learning. She is a role model, designer of the environment,
resource person, demonstrator, record keeper and observer of each child's
growth and development. She encourages, respects, and loves each child as
a special, unique individual; she also provides support for parents and
joins them in partnership to nurture the development of the whole child.