Dr. Maria Montessori believed that education is a process of discovery. Children will discover ideas on their own if given the right tools. Confidence and self-esteem grow from this process of observation and discovery. As students become able to teach themselves, they become self-reliant and personally responsible.
In their early years, children develop an emotional, intellectual, physical and social foundation. Concentration, independence, self-discipline, and a sense of order and responsibility are prerequisites for becoming productive citizens of the world. Our goal is to encourage the development of responsible and caring people who can direct their lives and contribute to making the world a better place.
The Montessori Method provides a carefully prepared environment of learning materials and experiences. We group students in mixed-age classes allowing them to interact with other children on a variety of intellectual and social levels. Teachers facilitate the learning process by directing the children toward meaningful activity through which they discover and develop their interests and abilities and experience the outcome of their choices. Children’s House Montessori’s goal is to encourage children to become independent, self-reliant students who take a lifelong responsibility for their own education and development.
Is Montessori for all children?
The Montessori system has been used successfully with children between ages two and a half to eighteen years. Because of its individualized approach, it is uniquely suited to an intercultural environment, where children of many backgrounds are grouped together.
Is the child free to do what they choose in the classroom?
The child is free to move about the classroom at will, to talk to other children, to work with any material whose purpose he understands or to ask the teacher to introduce new material(s) to them. They are not free to disturb other children at work or to abuse the equipment that is so important to their development.
What does the teacher do?
The teacher is working with individual children, introducing materials and giving guidance where needed. One of her primary tasks is careful observation of each child in order to determine their needs and to gain the knowledge she needs in preparing the environment to aid the child's growth. Her method of teaching is indirect in that she neither imposes upon the child as in direct teaching nor abandons them as in a non-direction in which the child themselves has indicated they wish to go and she actively seeks ways to help them accomplish their goals.
What does it do for the child?
Observers of Montessori children have described them as having developed self discipline, self-knowledge and independence as well as enthusiasm for learning, an organized approach to problem solving and academic skills.
What happens when children go from a Montessori class to a traditional class?
Most children appear to adjust readily to new classroom situations. In all likelihood this is because they have developed a high degree of self-discipline and independence in the Montessori environment and because of the adaptability of young people in general.
Sample of our Daily Schedule
8:30-8:40 a.m. Children get dropped off and gathering circle
8:40-10:30 a.m. Individual and group work period
10:30-10:50 a.m. Closing circle
10:50-11:00 a.m. Transition to outdoor play
11:00-11:30 a.m. Outdoor play
11:20-11:30 a.m. Morning only children pick-up
11:30-12:30 p.m. Lunch for children who stay (with lunch parents)/Staff lunch/Planning period
12:30-12:40 p. m. Afternoon children drop off and gathering circle
12:40-2:30 p.m. Individual and group work period
2:30-2:50 p.m. Closing circle
2:50-3:30 p.m. Outside play
3:20-3:30 p.m. Pick-up