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Our Philosophy

We offer a unique Montessori program based on American Montessori System for 2 to 6 years old children. The Montessori philosophy is more than the materials in the classroom, or the teacher giving lessons. It is an attitude towards children, a way of understanding their unique nature and allowing them to grow and develop to their fullest potential.

Dr. Montessori believed that human beings pass through stages in their development. She called the first stage of life, from birth to six years, the stage of the absorbent mind. This is when children literally absorb impressions from their environment through the “pores” of all their senses as a sponge absorbs water. During this period, for example, children learn their mother tongue more easily than an adult struggles to learn a foreign language. The opportunities are available in their environment, therefore the prepared environment is very important in a child’s life.

As a child grows up, the child passes through sensitive periods, or times when he expresses an explosion of interest and enormous enthusiasm for a particular knowledge or skills. He will work on gaining that knowledge or skill with an interest and concentration he can never again display for that particular kind of work. As the child learns more easily during these sensitive periods, Dr. Montessori developed specific didactic (learning) materials designed to correspond to these sensitive periods and to meet their needs.

 
   

We are child-centered. Montessori education follows the child. Our child-centered philosophy means that the child’s academic, emotional, social and behavioral state and needs drive the curriculum, the lessons and the activities. We follow the child not the classroom. 

     
We foster personal growth. Maria Montessori said, “It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.” We actively help the child grow in all dimensions – academic, social, emotional and behavioral.
   

We are a community of life-long learners. We believe that all members of our community are learners because education is an ongoing and dynamic experience. Our teachers, staff, parents and students are actively engaged in the learning process.

     

Teaching Method: There are no text books, and seldom will two or more children be studying the same thing at the same time. Children learn directly from the environment, and from other children.

   

Learning Styles: All intelligences and styles of learning—musical, bodily-kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, intuitive, natural, and the traditional linguistic and logical-mathematical—are nurtured and respected.

   

Our Classroom In our classroom we respect the child’s individuality by allowing freedom of choice of activity within a specially prepared environment, a natural and beautiful environment created to suit the nature of the child. The prepared environment allows each child the freedom to learn and develop at his own pace, according to his own capacities. Since the child chooses his own work, he is never pushed into something he is not ready for, or bored by something.

When we “follow the child,” as Dr. Montessori urged, we have the best chance of nurturing the child’s natural curiosity and love for knowledge.
Independence is another cornerstone in a Montessori classroom. Independence is encouraged at every turn, whether it is choosing one’s own work, or cleaning up after snack. Each small step towards independence builds confidence, self-esteem, and a positive self-concept
A child also learns from others in the environment. In our classroom we have a range of three years, which allows older children to take care and teach the younger ones and Younger ones are watching and following the older one and learn very fast.

   

The Teacher The teacher’s most important job is to foster a kind of learning that satisfies the child’s need to learn for its own sake. She is trained to observe carefully, to know the different needs of the children and to provide a properly prepared environment for the children’s maximum growth. She ensures that each child progresses through the activities of each curriculum area in the classroom. She sets limits, encourages the hesitant child, diverts the child that has chosen work too difficult, and keeps enthusiasm alive. She is there when needed, but “invisible” when not needed. In other words, she follows the child.

   
 

Montessori

Traditional  
         

Cognitive Social, Emotional and Moral development emphasis

Social development emphasis  
Teacher prepares the environment with learning materials Teacher is center of classroom as instructor  
Emphasizes inner discipline Teacher is primary enforcer of discipline  
Mainly individual instruction Group and some individual instruction  
Mixed age grouping .Same age grouping  
Much teaching is peer teaching and modeling Most teaching is done by the teacher  
Curriculum is structured for each child Curriculum is structured for the whole class  
Child internalizes concepts through exploration of educational materials Child is taught concepts by the teacher  
Child is self-paced and usually continues with an activity for an extended time Child is generally allotted specific Instructional time  
Child sets own learning pace Group sets learning pace  
Child identifies own errors from feedback from the educational material Teacher identifies errors  
Learning is reinforced internally by individuals repetition with learning materials and an internal feeling of competence Learning is reinforced externally by group repetition and rewards  
Multi-sensory learning materials for physical exploration Paper and pencil approach to learning  
Purposeful movement in the classroom is encouraged and believed to be an aid to learning Child is usually assigned own chair: encouraged to participate, sit still and listen during group sessions  
         
 

At  Montessori School, we strive to assist the children to become the adults who:

...feel self-empowered to reach their fullest potential

...lead with strength and follow with respect

...tolerate difference and respect diversity

...appreciate all cultures

...preserve our environment

...think independently

...experience wonder

...promote peace

...care for others

...love to learn.

 
 
 

   

 
 

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