About Montessori

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

The “Prepared Environment”

In order for self-directed learning to take place, the entire learning environment – room, materials, and social climate – must be supportive of the child. The teacher provides necessary resources which ensure that all children function in a safe and positive climate. The teacher earns the children’s trust, which enables the children the confidence to try new things and build self-esteem.

The Montessori Materials

Dr. Montessori’s observations of children led her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials. These materials facilitate learning skills and lead toward more abstract ideas.

The Teacher

Originally called a “Directress”, the Montessori teacher functions as designer of the environment, resource person, role model, demonstrator, record keeper, and meticulous observer of each child’s behavior and growth. The teacher acts as a facilitator of learning.

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