Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways and accommodates all learning styles. Students advance through the curriculum as he or she is ready, guided by the teacher with an individualized learning plan.
Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence. Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-regulation” (ability to educate one’s self and to think about what one is learning).
Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge. Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.
Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors.
Montessori learning materials use real objects and actions to translate abstract ideas into concrete form. Throughout the room, children will be sorting, stacking, and manipulating all sorts of beautiful objects made of a range of materials and textures. Many of these objects will be made of smooth polished wood. Others are made of enameled metal, pottery, and fabric. Also available to explore are items from nature, such as seashells and birds’ nests.
Children are never left alone in their conflict. Every opportunity is a teaching experience. We help the c developing social skills for life.
In Montessori, play is called work because we value and respect the learning process. The more the children can choose what they want to do, the more ownership they will have over their own learning.
We know that “You do not understand something fully until you can teach it” and put that into practice. Asking older children to give lessons to younger students in the group requires that the older children reduce complex concepts to their simplest elements and convey them with clarity and understanding.
Most of all, we believe that children thrive when they are safe and loved, and know that we will be warm, loving learning companions on their path as joyful self-directed learners.