Introduction to Montessori
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.
It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child.
Benefits for Children
Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life. The benefits of a Montessori education are apparent at Pitisuksa.
- Each child is valued as a unique individual.
- Beginning at an early age, Independence is fostered.
- Montessori students develop order and coordination.
- Focus of work and concentration are naturally developed.
- Students are part of a close, caring community.
- Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits.
- Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge.
- Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach.
Role of Teachers
The teacher thoughtfully prepares a classroom environment with materials and activities that meet the students’ unique interests, academic level, and developmental needs. These are introduced to each child sequentially, laying the foundation for independent learning.
The teacher is aware of each student’s progress as they work toward mastering the particular concept or skill. The role of the teacher in the Montessori classroom is that of a guide or mentor.
In Montessori education there are three important roles: The child, the parent, and the teacher.
Each role is unique, essential, and interconnected. Like the sides of an equilateral triangle, each role is a distinct and separate part, and yet, each connects directly with every other. Children are most fully supported when the adults in their lives communicate with each other and trust each other, therefore it is critical that both are responsive to the child.