Is the Montessori Method right for your child?
A basic idea in the Montessori education philosophy is that in order to develop physical, intellectual, and spiritual potential to the fullest, the child must have freedom: a freedom to be achieved through self-discipline, order, and clearly defined limits. We rely on Dr. Montessori’s insight that the only valid impulse to learning is the self-motivation of the child.
We provide the proper environment and direction so that the children, at their own speed, according to their own capacities and in a relatively noncompetitive atmosphere, can develop and learn. We never put children at risk of failure until they have a reasonable chance of success, thus reinforcing the positive and joyful elements of education.
Mixed age classes
Dr. Maria Montessori advocated the multi age classroom as the younger children, who learn through imitation, can learn from the older students, who in turn benefit from this experience of learning compassion and caring for the younger ones.
Montessori has been tested and proven
Children-rich and poor, gifted and special, from a variety of cultures all over the world have benefited from Montessori. Your child will also prosper in his or her own subtle, creative fashion.
When children are ready
Academics readiness is not the issue. Whether the child can count, identify colors, or use a scissors properly is not the focus. The teacher is interested in the whole child’s ability to communicate and cooperate, and most importantly, the child’s willingness to accept and master new experiences. Based on this precept, it is important for parents not to push skills on children to make them ready.
Your child is coming to school because you sense that this is the right time. Perhaps the toys at home no longer seem interesting. The child is bored and needs new friends and new horizons. Maybe your child has already had some experiences away from you and they have been positive. When your child is ready for an experience apart from you, he or she will benefit and grow in this new kind of independence.
In Montessori, we begin with practical and social skills, not just academic. Keeping track of belongings, putting things away, dressing oneself, sharing an adult, sharing materials, respecting the limits of the community are some of the many aspects of total development, which are the initial benefits of the Montessori preschool class. These are the foundations for growing independence.