The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach, with over 100 years of success throughout the world.
The Montessori Method views the child as naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that moving and learning were inseparable. In early childhood, Montessori students learn through sensory-motor activities, working with materials that develop their cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement. The students involve their entire bodies and use all their senses in the process of learning.
In a Montessori program, the teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to him in order to grow and develop, interacting with the teacher when guidance is needed.
Montessori programs consist of multiage classrooms that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity. In the multiage environment, younger children learn from older peers and in turn the older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. This arrangement also mirrors the real world, where individuals work and socialize with people of all ages and dispositions.
Each classroom is a carefully prepared environment filled with specially designed Montessori learning materials that are carefully arranged and readily available for a child to use. The classroom is prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. Learning materials are displayed on accessible shelves, fostering independence as students go about their work. Everything is where it is supposed to be, conveying a sense of harmony and order that both comforts and inspires.
Customary rows of school desks are non-existent; children work at tables or on the floor, rolling out mats on which to work and define their work space.
In a Montessori program, teachers do not present information for rote learning. Instead, they demonstrate specially designed learning materials that serve as a springboard for investigation and discovery. Teachers thoughtfully prepare classroom environments with materials and activities that meet all students’ interests, academic level and developmental needs.
By carefully observing their students, Montessori teachers are aware of each child’s interest, learning style and temperament. With this knowledge, the teachers choose materials and lessons that will capture the child’s attention, enticing him to learn and move to the next increasingly complex and abstract concept.
By modeling appropriate behavior teachers introduce values such as empathy, compassion and acceptance of individual differences. Students are encouraged to be courteous and kind and to work together responsibly and respectfully.
Given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to make connections, Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century.
To learn more about the history of the Montessori Method and if the Montessori philosophy is a good fit for your child and family please visit:
The American Montessori Society – http://amshq.org/
Association Montessori International USA – http://amiusa.org/
In a Montessori program, the teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to him or her in order to grow and develop, interacting with the teacher when guidance is needed.
Spondeo Preschool has the lowest student to teacher ratio in the Gilbert and Chandler area. With our superior ratios and the Montessori method we have created an environment where precious children can flourish.
Spondeo Preschool endeavors to create the best environment to support the development of the whole child into productive and creative members of the classroom, their family and both the local and global communities.