Dr. Montessori observed that as museums and cathedrals are designed for contemplation and inspiration, so should schools be designed as temples of learning. Every classroom features classic art, music, plants, animals, beautiful views and plenty of sunlight. The entire Montessori learning environment is designed to be supportive of the child. A multitude of resources, equipment, materials, supplies and opportunities allow the child to function ideally in a safe and positive climate. Teachers, classrooms and equipment are carefully selected and prepared to provide a learning environment that is fully equipped and beautifully presented.
The Montessori classroom contains a wide variety of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials which facilitate the learning of skills and lead to an understanding of abstract concepts. Materials are arranged in graduating order so children can see their progress as they master each task.
Multiple Age Grouping
One of the unique aspects of a Montessori class is that there are children of different ages working together. Younger children know that they can turn to their older peers for help. This builds the self esteem, confidence and abilities of the older students and exposes the younger students to a wide array of learning opportunities. The result is a peaceful, cooperative, family-like atmosphere.
Each Montessori class operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Every program has its set of ground rules which differ slightly between developmental levels but are always based upon respect for each other and for the environment.
Creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of acceptance and trust. Montessori teachers recognize that each child, from infant to adolescent, expresses himself in unique ways.
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Our friend Andrew Kutt, author, composer and founder of the Oneness Family School in Maryland, keeps in touch and comes often to our local Montessori gatherings lending his wisdom and talent. Since Montessori schools around the world vary in their affiliations and backgrounds, we have come to identify “authentic” qualities that we all strive for….Continue Reading...