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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, under the direction of a specially prepared teacher, allows the child to experience the joy of learning, time to enjoy the process and insure the development of self-esteem, and provides the experiences from which children create their knowledge.


How Can A “Real” Montessori Classroom Be Identified?

The Montessori Environment

Creativity flourishes in an atmosphere prepared for acceptance and trust. Montessorians recognize that each child, from toddler to teenager, learns and expresses himself in a very individual way. In order for self-directed learning to take place, the whole learning environment, classroom, materials 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 self-confidence.

The Montessori Materials

Dr. Maria Montessori’s observations of the kinds of activities which children enjoy repeatedly led her to design a number of multi-sensory and self-correcting materials which facilitate the learning of skills and lead to learning of abstract ideas. The Montessori materials used by the children are especially designed to allow them to correct their own mistakes while building their self-confidence.

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How Does Montessori Work?

Each Montessori classroom, from toddler through high school, operates on the principal of freedom within limits. Every program has its set of ground rules which differs from age to age, but is always based on core Montessori beliefs-respect for each other and for the environment.

Children are free to choose work at their own pace on lessons the teacher has already introduced, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on her observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials to provide lessons to and individual child or to a small or large group. The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning and strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.

The three-year-age span in each class provides a family-like grouping where learning can take place naturally. More experienced children share what they have learned while reinforcing their own learning. Because this peer group learning in intrinsic to Montessori, there are often more conversation and language experiences in the Montessori classroom than in conventional early education settings.

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