The philosophy of the program is that children have everything they need within themselves to learn and grow. The educator’s job is to prepare the learning environment and guide students in their learning process. Teachers work to provide a highly enriched, structured environment in which students work to master the skills and knowledge of their society. Lessons are taught using an integrated, thematic curriculum.
The major emphases of the program include:
· self-discipline and independence.
· internal sense of purpose and motivation.
· mutual respect and global perspective.
What are the Characteristics of a Montessori Classroom?
· The classroom environment is calm and quiet.
· Students work independently or in small self-selected groups.
· Students are very independent.
· Students work collaboratively instead of competitively with each other.
· Lessons are developed around life skills.
· Students remain with teacher for several years.
· Students learn from each other.
What are the Benefits of a Montessori Education?
Students in the Montessori Program are provided:
· an environment that fosters creativity and curiosity.
· the opportunity to “learn from each other”.
· choices about their work.
· a setting in which respect, responsibility, cooperation, and conflict resolution are emphasized.
· a viable alternative to the traditional classroom.