What is Montessori?

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.
– Maria Montessori

toddler9The Montessori curriculum offers each child a sensible, structured system which allows children to develop at their own pace with the positive guidance of a teacher and the use of specially designed Montessori materials. The Montessori classroom is a child’s world, geared to the size, pace and interests of the child.

It is designed to put children at ease by giving them choices in an environment prepared with attractive materials on shelves within easy reach. While using the materials, the children are developing knowledge and absorbing concrete concepts that they will use again in future learning situations.

The Montessori method recognizes each child’s period of readiness, encourages their whole development, teaches respect for classroom materials and each other, while giving them a sense of security and order. Children working in this environment will develop self discipline, and the skills to function cooperatively, independently and responsibly with confidence. As the children work and play, a foundation for the love of learning is being formed for life.

The Montessori environment encourages an abiding curiosity in an arena in which children are able to continue their understanding of the social expectations of their culture.

Why is the Montessori method unique?

  • The teacher has an unobtrusive role in the classroom activity; the child is an active participant in learning.
  • Instruction, both in individual and in groups, fosters each student’s learning style.
  • Mixed age grouping.
  • Children are encouraged to teach, collaborate and help each other.
  • Teachers are trained to observe and guide the child through the various curriculum areas, as the child is ready.
  • A strong foundation of self-esteem is built as the child experiences success through work.
  • Logical and creative thinking is developed and problem solving skills are encouraged.
  • Lessons in grace and courtesy teach respect for others.
  • Children may work where they are comfortable, move around and talk at will (without disturbing the work of others); group work is voluntary and negotiable.
  • The use of a specially designed classroom planned to enhance the 5 senses and build intelligence.

To learn more about Meadowbrook Montessori call 770-982-3950.