Maria Montessori believed that children did best by having freedom within limits. Her educational philosophy focused on the development of the whole child—social, emotional and academic. The Montessori method interchanges work and play, combining the concepts and encouraging children to explore, communicate, work collaboratively and form an innate sense of independence. It has been a successful teaching method used around the world for over 100 years.
The Montessori Classroom
The Montessori classroom embodies the nature of the Montessori philosophy and is known as a “prepared environment.” It is inviting, warm, uncluttered and thoughtful. It is set up to engage children in both solo and group learning opportunities. Children work on the floor with mats, at tables, and each space has focused sections of curriculum. In the typical Montessori classroom you will find:
- Language Arts
- Natural sciences
- Practical life
Montessori classrooms are multiage. This works on many levels. Students work their way up from practical life skills to the more advanced subjects. Older students take on an important role—learning to role model, guide and teach.
The Role of the Teacher
Montessori teachers are skilled observers. They are adept at knowing when children are ready to absorb a new skill or concept. Their job makes them a mentor, model and guide. Through demonstration, they facilitate learning and the mastering of new skills. They tune into a child’s temperament, interests and learning style, and use the information to capture their attention and engage a student in an activity. They encourage and celebrate, and play a vital role in student growth.
The Role of the Student
A student’s job in the Montessori setting is to explore with all senses. This includes:
They will learn to think critically, work together with peers, work through problems and gain real-world experience throughout the process.
Benefits of Montessori Education
One standout benefit of a Montessori education is the delight a child takes in seeking knowledge. Your child will develop a thirst for learning, and become independent in making it happen. Montessori education sees each child as unique—they are not lumped together as a group. They learn to develop coordination and maintain order. Your child and family also become part of a community, one that embraces kindness and peaceful conflict resolution.
The Montessori Schools of Fremont have been dedicated to excellent Montessori education for over 40 years. Contact us today to schedule a tour.