The Montessori Method

        Montessori Education is a way of caring for young children stressing respect for individual differences and the learning environment.

The educational beliefs underlying the philosophy include:

  • Children should be respected as individuals who are different from adults and from each other.  

  • Children learn to create through purposeful activity.

  • The most important years for learning are from birth to age six. 

  • Children possess a heightened sensitivity for learning & absorbing information from their environment.

 

Goals are established for each child including:

  • Independence through mastery of their daily environment.

  • Responsibility by learning to help maintain the learning environment.

  • The ability to make good choices.

  • Positive self esteem through repeated success in the classroom.

  • Respect for others.

  • A sense of self discipline.

Classrooms have a set of “ground rules” to encourage a child’s development in these areas.  

  • Walking in the room.

  • Using soft voices (inside voices).

  • Only good touching.

  • Choosing one piece of equipment from a shelf at a time & returning it when you are finished, ready for the next child to use.

  • Asking another child if you can share their work and respecting their right to say no.

​Children who have been in a Montessori program benefit in many ways:

  • They are independent learners who feel good about their ability to explore and learn on their own.

  • They are problem solvers who are confident in their ability to make decisions and choices.

  • They learn to manage their time independently.

  • They have learned good communication skills.

  • They have been taught that their ideas matter and are valued.

  • They learn to value the opinions and ideas of others.

  • They feel good about themselves and their abilities.

Research has shown that the best indicator of academic success is a child’s self esteem.