Montessori is a method of education based on self-directed activity and hands-on learning. In the Montessori classroom, children are encouraged to participate in selecting their lessons while teachers present age appropriate lessons to guide the child in this selection process. The lessons in the Montessori environment are presented to the individual child or in small groups. Children learn to collaborate with each other to explore, discover, and analyze the world.
The Montessori classroom environment is beautifully designed to entice the child and to meet the needs of the specific age range. All Montessori material in the classroom are designed to support an aspect of child development. The child’s natural interests are supported through readily available activities that provide the space for the child to develop to their greatest potential.
Our prepared environment fosters the development of the child’s whole being. There are three elements that we believe are conducive to establishing such an environment:
- Teacher supports the child’s interest
- The child’s natural curiosity directs his/her learning
- Promoting respect for themselves, all people and all things
Working with Montessori materials creates an opportunity for individual discovery and the construction of knowledge to occur. Everything in the classroom is part of the curriculum. Child-sized, accessible, and pleasing furniture, mats, and materials are selected with great care to meet the needs of the young, developing child.