Montessori Method

Goals of a Montessori School

The goal of a Montessori school is help the child be physically healthy, mentally and psychologically fulfilled, extremely well-educated, and brimming over with joy and kindness toward each other.

Education of character is considered equally with academic education, children learning to take care of themselves, their environment, each other - cooking, cleaning, building, gardening, moving gracefully, speaking politely, being considerate and helpful, doing social work in the community, etc.

 

Principles of a Montessori School

  • Follow the child.  Observe the child to determine his/her needs and interests are and then honor those needs
  • Respect and encourage the child’s absorbent mind
  • Allow the child freedom to explore indoors and outdoors in a positive safe manner.  Independence and self-directed learning are important concepts of Montessori education
  • Give the child as many opportunities for hands-on learning as possible.  Concrete, hands-on experiences come before learning abstract concepts
  • Specific learning includes care of self, care of the environment, control of movement, grace and courtesy, concentration, coordination, and independence
  • Provide child-size materials and tools whenever possible.  Allow child to choose his or her own work and to repeat it as often as needed
  • Avoid competition, tests, rewards, and punishments.  Children will feel satisfied over work well done
  • Keep child’s environment as orderly and attractive as possible.  This helps develop mental order and intelligence
  • Demonstrate how to do the activities
  • Emphasis on manners – respecting other’s space, greeting and saying goodbye,  please, thank you, sharing

(for example – instead of looking at the letter A on the wall and talking about it, the child might trace a sandpaper letter A, draw the letter A in shaving cream,  trace the letter A, label objects about the room that start with the letter A, sing a song about the letter A, eat an Apple, etc)