The Montessori Method was developed in Italy in the early 1900’s by Dr. Maria Montessori. It is based on the theory that the young child’s mind is like a sponge, which can absorb learning from the surrounding environment.
In a Montessori classroom, the child prepares for life-learning by exploring, observing, and manipulating the materials from the prepared environment. The child gains knowledge consciously and subconsciously by incorporating various senses.
Our Montessori environment includes sequential, hands-on learning activities in the following areas:
- Practical Life: aids in the children’s development of order, concentration, coordination, and independence.
- Sensorial: aids in the child’s development and refinement of his/her senses: visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory, olfactory, and kinesthetic senses.
- Language: aids in the children’s development of expressive and receptive language development, as well as reading and writing, based on phonetic sounds.
- Math: introduces the child to the world of numbers in a concrete form: linear counting, decimal system, and memorization. Activities involving currency (counting money) and clocks (telling time) are also presented.
- In addition to the four major areas of the Montessori classroom, we incorporate the following subjects: Bible, science, geography, cultural geography, music, and art.
- Outdoor activities enhance the children’s large-motor skill development, balance, and coordination. The children will also enjoy nature by taking care of an herb and vegetable garden throughout the year.
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity
and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori