THE MONTESSORI METHOD

 

The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach. Dr. Montessori’s Method has over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.

 

Children are naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.

 

Components of Montessori

  • Multi-age groupings that foster peer learning: younger children learn from older children; older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. This arrangement also mirrors the real world, where individuals work and socialize with people of all ages and dispositions.

  • Uninterrupted blocks of work time: children experience sensitive periods, or windows of opportunity, as they grow. As our students develop, our teachers match appropriate lessons and materials to these sensitive periods when learning is most naturally absorbed and internalized.

  • Guided choice of work activity: encourages independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop himself, interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed.

  • Specially designed Montessori learning materials: students learn through sensory-motor activities, working with materials that develop their cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement.

 

Benefits of Montessori Education

  • Montessori education recognizes that each child is unique and they all learn in different ways.  The Montessori Method accommodates all learning styles. Students are free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as they are ready, guided by the teacher.

  • Beginning at an early age, students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence. Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support their developing “self-regulation.”

  • The multi-age classroom re-creates a family structure. The older students enjoy being role models, while the younger children gain confidence.

  • Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits. Working within the parameters set by their teachers, they are active in deciding what their focus of learning will be. Montessorians know that their inner satisfaction drives their curiosity and interest and results in a love of learning that lasts forever.

  • Students are encouraged to be active seekers of knowledge. Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.

  • Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of Montessori. As they grow, students learn to look at their work critically, and learn to recognize, correct, and learn from their errors.

  • Given the freedom to question, to explore, and to make connections, Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They can think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly — a much needed skill set for the 21st century.