What Is Montessori?
The Montessori Method affords the child stimulation
and exercises his/her senses in a controlled and
orderly manner. The classroom is designed so that the materials available to the children are appropriate for their varying ages, interests, and levels of development. The materials lead children through the process of learning, while giving them specific information. This involvement with the learning materials lays the foundation for future cognitive growth.
Garden Gate’s Teaching Philosophy
The Montessori philosophy is based on a profound respect for children and their innate desire to learn. The Montessori Method offers the child an “education for life” which recognizes children’s needs as individuals and assists them in developing their potential to the fullest extent possible.
Four Major Methods to the Montessori Method
1.Individual education: Children are all different and should not be held to the pace or interest of others. Montessori gives children the freedom to make choices and to pursue them without interruption. It lays the foundation for all their future learning, their sense of themselves, their confidence, self-esteem. Respect and interest in the world around them. An education for life.
2. Prepared environment conducive to self-discovery: The child id free to explore and use the prepared materials according to his/her interests and abilities. Children of differing ages (3 to 6 years of age) work in a quiet, yet busy atmosphere. There is a sense of order with everything having a permanent place while being accessible to all. Learning is invited rather than imposed, encouraged rather than enforced.
3. Self-teaching/self-directing materials: Montessori materials introduce abstract concepts in a concrete, “hands on way”. Each area is equipped with uniquely designed materials that contain a built in “control of error” which enables the child to see and eventually understand and correct his errors. The Montessori Method encourages children to take pleasure in their own accomplishments. The materials allow children to learn through understanding, rather than being told. Understanding develops confidence and joy in learning.
4. A Directress trained in the Montessori philosophy and methods: The Directress works with individual children by presenting materials and giving guidance where needed. The Directress appreciates how children’s thought processes differ from adults. Children learn through choosing, trying, and doing for themselves. The Directress is the child’s advocate and has respect for the child’s total being.