Believing children are born with a natural curiosity, the Montessori educational approach provides a safe and nurturing environment for learning. Learning through hands-on educational activities and play, Montessori schools welcome children of any age. The goal of the Montessori classroom is to provide children with valuable educational resources for continuing learning. Instructors carefully plan and design the learning environment to allow each child to develop cognitively, socially, emotional and physically for maximum growth.
Ideally, children should begin the Montessori educational program by the age of three. At this stage of development, children’s natural curiosity provides an effortless manner for absorbing new material. Children want to learn, discover and explore everything about the world. Observing children’s individual interests, teachers will design a classroom environment to inspire self-directed activities to instill confidence and foundation for learning.
The Montessori Classroom
The multi-age classroom provides a family style environment to foster learning among a group of peers. Engaging in educational activities, older children naturally inspire younger ones. Children learn responsibility and natural consequences for individual actions in a fully-enriched learning environment.
Communication and Language
Beginning at age three, the Montessori approach focuses on age appropriate activities for development and enrichment. Children learn to develop important language skills. Using this crucial stage of development, Montessori promotes clear communication with peers. Developing effective communication skills promotes confidence to engage with other students and adults. As children continue to learn from classroom resources and older peers, vocabulary will continue to increase.
Developing communication skills promotes the advancement of social skills. Simple conversations over classroom activities expands social interaction. Children learn the importance of using words to communicate feelings and ideas. Along with expressing interests, children learn to respect others within the classroom. As the development continues, students learn natural consequences for actions which aids in the self-regulation process.
Building on students’ natural interests, educational activities will promote physical development, including fine and large motor skills. Coordination of movement inspires children to actively run, jump and play, increasing physical development. Sensory perception and the use of smaller objects promotes fine motor skills while developing into other areas of cognitive learning.
Montessori directs children to focus on specific tasks to promote self-motivation, responsibility, and regulation. For example, each child is responsible for cleaning up toys or other activities after use. The simple task of cleaning up promotes a general understanding of the rules and expectations within the classroom.
Providing children chances to explore creatively inspires imagination. For example, children exploring different art mediums develop a sense of confidence through self-expression. A desire to learn about art or imaginary worlds allows the teacher to provide other educational resources.
Parents want the best for their child. Providing a foundation for learning, the Montessori classroom provides educationally-enriched activities. Engaging in the activities and resources allows children to explore and learn. Contact the Montessori School of Flagstaff Sunnyside Campus to learn more about enrolling your child in a Montessori educational program.