Montessori Philosophy & Method
At the core of Montessori philosophy is respect for the child as each child is valued as a unique individual. The Montessori method is based on understanding the needs of children’s developmental stages and principles and practices of observation in the classroom environment.
Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Children are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he/she is ready, guided by the teacher with an individualized learning plan.
Beginning at an early age, Montessori children develop independence, orderliness, coordination, and concentration. These habits are essential to achieve success later in life. Classroom design, Montessori materials, and guidance from experienced and trained teachers in a structured programme - these all support the individual child's emerging personality - which is essential to the development of intelligence and habit formation.
The child, teacher, and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is carefully prepared by the teacher to be aesthetically pleasing and to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. Through individual choice, the child makes use of what the environment offers to develop herself/himself interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed.
We encourage peer learning and teaching as this arrangement also mirrors the real world, where a diversity of individuals work and socialize with each other harmoniously. Children become part of a close, caring community as teachers model respect, loving kindness, offering positive guidance in a peaceful and nurturing manner. Montessori children enjoy freedom within limits and learn to self-regulate their emotions in addition to respecting themselves and others.
As Montessorians, we understand that internal satisfaction drives the curiosity and interest of our children, resulting in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime.