The goal of both Montessori and traditional education is the same–to provide learning experiences for the child. The most important differences are the learning experiences provided and the methods employed to provide them. Montessori educators believe that these differences are important because they shape the way at a child learns, the child’s work habits and her perception of herself and the world.
The teacher’s role in the classroom is unobtrusive. Instruction is primarily individual.
Age groupings are mixed.
Children teach and assist each other.
Each child chooses his own work within a curriculum structure.
The child discovers concepts from activities using the hands on materials.
The child chooses the amount of time to work on a project.
The pace of learning is set by the child.
The design of the materials allows the child to identify errors in her own work.
Learning is internally reinforced through repetitions and self-generated feelings of success.
Multi-sensory materials are used for physical exploration. The Montessori approach provides an organized program to develop skills for care of one’s self and one’s environment.
Children choose their own work area and may move around and talk freely, as long as they do not disturb the work of others. A child is given the opportunity and time to master a concept before progressing to more complex work.
Enter our school and you will see children engaged in a variety of activities. Some may be sketching leaves they collected in the yard. Some may be counting airplanes, or scrubbing a table, or carefully folding wash cloths. Some may be tracing sandpaper letters as a first step to writing or studying the relationships of different geometric solids. An atmosphere of tranquility and industry envelops the room.
From an early age, children discover that "work" is not drudgery, but a satisfying, often joyous pursuit. Montessori work can mean practicing a skill, acquiring knowledge, creating artwork, or taking care of practical needs. With a teacher’s guidance, the children learn to make appropriate choices for their day's work. Gradually, the work increases their powers of concentration, sharpens their attention to detail, and establishes orderly working habits.
Children are given the freedom with responsibility from the day they arrive. Students begin to form lifelong habits to help them concentrate, organize and find personal satisfaction in their work. Those habits are sealed into the foundations of a great education because my students have learned how to work independently and collaboratively, how to think sequentially, and how to see tasks though to completion. I am committed to helping children develop a lifelong love of learning.
Respect for others is a powerful foundation for life and is a fundamental part of Montessori philosophy. More than good manners are expected as I offer children hands-on opportunities to become involved citizens in their classrooms, in the natural environment and beyond. Expectations for doing one's best, working hard, enjoying learning are part of the school's everyday life.
I look forward to showing you what makes Children's House Montessori Preschool so special.
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