The Montessori Method
“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.”
Developed over a century ago by visionary physician and educator, Dr. Maria Montessori, the Montessori method is a child-centered, developmentally-based approach to education. Central to this approach is the belief in the potential of the child, and on the belief that it is only the child herself who can realize this potential.
Once considered an educational experiment, Montessori has become the blueprint for a new approach to learning—one that’s demonstrating long-term success in both private and public U.S. schools.
The Montessori Philosophy
The primary goal of our programs is to help each child reach their fullest potential in all areas of life and to create a secure, loving and joyful learning environment. Montessori Academy strives towards these goals by preparing the school’s environment to best meet the needs of the student and utilizing several key points of Maria Montessori’s philosophy:
Children Move through Sensitive Periods
Dr. Montessori noticed that there were certain periods of particular sensitivity that occurred in children. During these periods the child could learn the activity that she was focused on at a particularly intense rate and that such learning appeared to come very easily.
Montessori-certified teachers are trained to identify these very creative periods, and when recognized, they introduce concepts to optimize learning giving children the freedom to follow their interests.
Children Need Freedom
Montessori saw freedom as the single most important factor in allowing children to develop as spontaneous, creative individuals.
The aware adult, whether a parent or teacher, acts as an observer, protects the child’s right to learn, models desired behavior, prepares the environment and also accommodates the needs of the child. In the classroom setting, the adult is neither simply the central authority nor “imparter of knowledge”.