What is a Montessori School? The Montessori method of education is basically a unique approach to learning. Unlike preschools which "teach" the child concepts, the Montessori preschool allows each child to learn as they work independently with the many materials in the classroom. The Montessori teacher guides the classroom activity and carefully plans the environment in the interests of the children. The teachers are trained to deal with each child individually, allowing each one to choose from many activities within their range of ability This prepared environment encourages children to proceed at their own pace from simple activities to more complex ones. As the children grow by satisfying their natural curiosity, they develop pride in their "work", gain confidence, self-direction, respect for others and develop self discipline. These attributes are invaluable as they enter other educational systems later in life.
Although individualized learning is important, socialization is very much a part of Montessori education. Children interact continuously, often choosing to work on projects together. Group activities and outside play are part of each day's schedule.
Enhances the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of the environment, exercises of grace and courtesy, and coordination of physical movement.
Makes use of manipulative materials to enable the child to internalize the concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memoriazation of basic facts through repetition.
Enables the child to order, classify and describe sensory impressions in relation to width, temperature, mass, color, geometric shapes, height and weight.
Includes oral language development, written expression, reading, the study of grammar. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters. Phonic lessons allow children to link sounds and letter symbols effortlessly.
Exposes children to basics in geography, history and life sciences. Music and art education are part of the integrated cultural curriculum.