Dr. Montessori realized that when children explore the world with their bodies, they’re building the skills and knowledge base needed to become successful, intellectual adults. The first few years of a child’s life are essential to developing the foundation for the rest of their lives. Small children naturally learn quickly, and pursue independent learning, instinctively trying to figure out the world around them on their own. In Montessori schools, we allow children to engage with the world naturally and safely. We give them the freedom they need to learn as much as they can, in their own way.
Our curriculum focuses on skill building in:
- Self help
- Language skills
- Perception skills
- Sensory stimulation
- Social skills
- Emotional intelligence
How does Montessori Work?
Our mixed-age classroom encourages social interaction and collaborative learning for children ages 3 to 6 years old. This kind of grouping allows children to feed their natural psychological development. The students have a wide choice of activities within a predetermined range of options. This “prepared environment” allows a child to feel a sense of ownership on his education, providing a huge amount of motivation.
Montessori classrooms structure curriculum around uninterrupted blocks of learning time, usually about three hours. Instead of direct, passive instruction, students are given open activities working in a discovery-based model, which allows children to increase their conceptual knowledge by experimenting with materials directly. The Montessori educational team develops the materials and activities.
Classrooms in a Montessori preschool in Fremont, CA will have approximately 20 to 30 children and one highly trained Montessori teacher and one assistant. Tables are scaled to the children’s sizes and are typically arranged in small groups. Materials are easily accessible on smaller shelves, and children have the freedom to walk around and interact with each other. The teacher presents activity choices, after which students have some ability to choose what that wish to pursue for the next block of time.
Activities are geared toward general goals according to the ages of the children:
- Language acquisition for toddlers to 6 years old.
- Manipulation of small objects for ages 1 ½ to 3 years.
- Ordering and categories for ages 1 to 3 years.
- Refinement of sensory perception for toddlers to about 4 years.
- Social interaction and interactive behavior for ages 2 ½ to about 4 years old.
See the difference for yourself. Come visit Montessori Children’s House today to talk to trained Montessori educators about enrollment. We are just one of seven Montessori school locations in the Montessori West family.