· A Montessori education encourages children to learn independently while having the freedom to move around the classroom.
· Your child will learn in a beautiful environment both indoors as well as out.
· A Montessori education provides a wide variety of subjects such as practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, natural science and social science.
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The Montessori Classroom
The child’s exposure in the Montessori prepared environment results in his ability to achieve inner discipline. This is the basis of Dr. Montessori’s philosophy. Freedom and discipline must come from within the child, rather than from outer influences such as the adult.
There are three parts which make up a Montessori environment. Each part is as necessary and important as another. The first is the prepared environment, the second is the child, and third is the teacher.
The Prepared Environment
Structure - allows the child freedom of movement, choice, and development within an ordered, prepared environment
Materials - allow for creativity, based on a systematic approach to learning
Interrelationships - allow free choice of social relations and self-determination of relations without interference to others and their work
Use of materials - is free to chose lessons, which have been shown to him by the teacher, creatively and uniquely as long as the child maintains a respectful and constructive approach.
Movement in the environment - child is free to move in order to learn, as long as he is not interrupting another’s work unless invited to.
Interaction with the teacher and other children - the child must respect the interactions of others and their work.
Maintains the prepared environment - for the good of each individual child within the group setting
Observer - takes her cue from the activities and needs of the child
Assists the child- It is the teacher’s role to aid the child in obtaining independence and to guide himself while learning
In order for the prepared environment to be successful the freedom for each child as well as the group requires certain standards.
Taking care of materials and respecting the classroom
Avoiding interference with another’s work unless being invited to join in
Returning materials properly and in order, that another child is free to choose it