Maria Montessori, M.D. believed that human beings are directed by their own inner drive for self-development. She believed that the goal of early childhood education should be to cultivate the child’s natural desire to learn and to aid in the unfolding of life.
In a Montessori environment, this objective is approached in two ways:
- Each child is encouraged to experience the curiosity and excitement of learning by choosing his or her own activity;
- Once the activity has been chosen, the child is guided to perfect his or her natural tools for learning by using the Montessori materials which have been created to develop this process through self-correction. The result is a joyful, creative interaction with the prepared learning environment.
Maria Montessori observed that children pass through four six-year periods of development. She called these periods the four planes of development. Children in each plane have their own specific characteristics and needs. Montessori realized that these children need an adult trained to assist them in a special way, as well as, an environment suited to their specific needs.
Our program is conducted within all-day, year around Montessori environments. The Montessori environment is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. However, the majority of the curriculum is followed form 8: 30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This schedule has one set of rules and procedures during the time they spend away from home, eliminating confusion and stress. The outside environment is available several times during the day.
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Many of the aspects of teaching a child occur through play. This is a result of the belief that children understand knowledge better when it is shown through play, whether it is drama, art or music. This is to satisfy the natural curiosity in kids and their tendency to understand better when 'make-believe' scenarios are utilized to teach knowledge.You can find more at:Look about: diploma of early childhood education and care
In a Montessori classroom, children are grouped with different ages and are encouraged to collaborate and help each other. This structure to the learning environment encourages children to share and work cooperatively to explore different areas of the Montessori curriculum. Based on the nature of the classroom environment, children learn to respect each other, develop the skills of collaborative problem solving, and build a sense of community.