Theories and Practice
We believe in the Montessori Method and know what kind of results can be produced. Your child will experience the excitement of learning by his or her own choice rather than by being forced. By allowing children to perfect all their natural tools for learning, their ability will be to maximum in the future learning situations.
Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. He must do it himself or it will never be done.
Our goal as teachers of the Montessori Method is not to fill the child with facts from pre-selected course of study, but rather to cultivate his or her own natural desire to learn. We as parents need to be careful not to impose our own priorities on the child, and instead follow the child’s lead. Children are motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. The foundations of this method are:
- Respecting individual differences between children.
- Creating an environment which fosters the fulfillment of the child’s highest spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual potential.
- Assisting each child in reaching a high level of academic achievement.
- Serving the needs of each child at their individual level of mental and physical ability within a mixed-age group, much like the society in which they will live as adults.
- To foster excitement and a drive to play and work with enthusiasm, to learn, and to create.
The Montessori way of discipline is to encourage the child to be responsible in every way. If there is a small infraction of a rule this is usually overlooked by the directress and the child is encouraged in another direction and diverted to a more acceptable activity. If this does not work, and the child is infringing upon the liberty and freedom of others, he/she would be taken from the room and kept there quietly until the angry mood has passed and he/she is willing to be cooperative again.
If the child is destructive with the materials, said material is removed and that particular child will not be allowed to work with it again for a time. Most of the children, most of the time, are very happy and willing to cooperate, and they do love to learn.
The Montessori Method of Education provides for many opportunities for movement around the room and for many, many choices. The child is allowed and encouraged to exercise his freedom of choice and to feel good about himself as the chooser. To be able to have a voice in determining how to meet one’s needs is very satisfying to the child and to the adult. After making his choice, he can then follow through and produce a favorable result. This increases the child’s self-confidence and his ability to concentrate, two of the most important factors in the learning process. All of this together creates a more willing, cooperative child of what Dr. Montessori termed a “normalized child”, one who is happy, independent, busy and self confident.