The aim of the Montessori approach is to help children acquire the self-confidence and self-motivation needed to fulfill their own potential. This is achieved by building on their interests, nurturing their enthusiasm, and making activities available that fit their individual needs. The emphasis is on inner motivation, using children’s natural curiosity and delight in discovery.
Children of mixed ages and abilities work together in a Montessori class. Grouping permits independent development, cooperative learning, and allows children to teach one another. Children may choose whichever activity suits their particular stage of development—progressing from that point, at their own pace, in their own time. Children may work at a task uninterrupted for as long as they choose, provided they are respectful to others. While they are not required to work together, the cooperative nature of the class encourages easy and social relationships.
Designed for independent work, the classrooms are each equipped with a full array of hands-on Montessori materials, including teacher-constructed materials and up-to-to-date learning equipment for each stage of development. The classrooms are large and airy, with plenty of space for individual and group work. Each classroom also includes areas designed to aid small and large muscle development.
The teacher is a guide to the children as they move around the room. Recognizing that learning is a voluntary act, the teacher helps students choose their own activity, demonstrates how to do each task as they are ready for it, and records the child’s progress. The children’s work is always corrected in a positive way. Teachers reinforce jobs well done and offer ways in which to improve. Each member of our staff brings their own unique and useful experiences to their positions, as well as a thorough knowledge and dedication to meeting the developmental needs of the children.
“An interesting piece of work, freely chosen, which has the virtue of inducing concentration rather than fatigue, adds to the child’s energies and mental capacities, and leads him to self-mastery.”
– Maria Montessori in The Absorbent Mind