Montessori is a child-directed education system with the ambitious goal of supporting children to become complete adults – comfortable with themselves, with their community, and with humanity as a whole. Montessori teachers guide each child within the framework of thoughtfully prepared learning environments. The Montessori approach, classrooms, and learning materials cultivate in children their natural desire and self-discipline to learn.
Montessori teachers are not only knowledgeable about childhood development; they are also skilled observers and creative facilitators. Teachers closely observe each child’s interests, learning style, and temperament. They guide students toward materials and lessons that will capture the student’s attention. They offer encouragement, share in triumphs, and steer children toward greater understanding.
Learning Environments and Materials
Montessori classrooms are designed to create a learning environment that accommodates choice. Some spaces are better suited to group activity, while other areas encourage solitude. Each part of the curriculum has a dedicated area with shelves or display tables containing a variety of inviting materials from which students can choose. All learning materials are carefully selected and have been proven effective in supporting mental and social development.
The Montessori approach guides students to a respect and love for themselves, for others, and for the world around them. By meeting each child’s individual learning needs and providing a nurturing social environment, Montessori instruction gently guides their development.