Maria Montessori was a revolutionary and a visionary in the field of education. She shifted the attention away from the traditional teacher-directed learning model to a learner-centered one. By recognizing a child’s natural desire to learn and providing them with scientifically-designed materials, each child develops concentration, coordination, independence, and a regard for order.
At Children’s Garden Montessori, our prepared environment describes much more than just a classroom and the work on the shelves. It includes our physical surroundings which are child-sized and child-focused, authentic Montessori materials to facilitate a child’s learning, and an experienced, enthusiastic teacher who guides, observes and facilitates each child’s natural progress.
- “Montessori Learning in the 21st Century” by M. Shannon Helfrich
- “How to Raise an Amazing Child, the Montessori Way” by Tim Seldin
- “Montessori: A Modern Approach” by Paula Polk Lillard
- Each child learns at his/her own pace in a carefully prepared environment.
- Materials are sequenced from the concrete to the abstract, allowing for repetition and success. Many materials are self-correcting.
- Montessori helps a child develop focus, concentration, independence, and to learn and appreciate order in their work.
- Teachers have a deep respect for children as unique individuals.
- Children learn with hands-on experiences and investigations.
- Classrooms encourage freedom of movement in a non-competitive environment.
- Montessori allows a child to have extended and uninterrupted work times to explore materials.
- Children learn self-discipline, an internal sense of purpose of motivation, and to be kind and peaceful.
A Montessori education helped to develop…
Larry Page and Sergy Brin-the co-founders of Google, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Anne Frank, Julia Child, T. Berry Brazelton, Princes William and Harry, Actress Helen Hunt, Chelsea Clinton, Jeff Bazos-the founder of Amazon…