The Montessori Method of Education:
- emphasizes the development of the potential of each individual child
- takes place in a nurturing child-centered community
- builds upon the child's interests and encourages him/her to explore and discover
- exposes a child to a rich broad-based, developmental curriculum
- occurs in a mixed-age classroom which offers an opportunity for peer mentoring, collaborative work, and social interaction
- is guided by a specially trained Montessori teacher who aims to help the child develop confidence and self-esteem, a joy and enthusiasm for learning, and a sense of care and respect for others
The Characteristics of Montessori Classroom
- Multi - age classrooms
- Individually paced learning
- Teachers as Guides, not "instructors"
- Integrated curriculum
- Prepared environment
- Applied learning and projects
- Emphasis on intrinsic motivation
- Long work periods and self-directed learning
- Friendships, Life Skills, and Community.
The Montessori method has withstood the test of time and today it is considered a premier alternative learning program. Children who have attended a Montessori school are more confident in their abilities, motivated to achieve new levels of knowledge and have a love of learning.
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