what is Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. They must do it by themselves or it will never be done. A truly educated person continues learning long after s/he has left the classroom. Dr. Montessori felt that the goal of early childhood should not be to fill the child with facts from a preselected course of studies, but to cultivate the child’s own natural method of learning, thus introducing the child to the joy of learning at an early age.
Every child’s mind possesses the ability to acquire knowledge. He/she has the power to teach him/herself. Education is not something which the teacher imposes, but that it is a natural process that develops from within. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in experiences in which the child acts on his/her environment.
The program offered here at Schoolhouse Montessori in Mississauga has evolved from Dr. Maria Montessori’s detailed observations of children at work and play. The learning materials are attractive and designed to stimulate the interest of the child. Learning is achieved through working with the materials, and specific goals are provided which are easily attainable by the child. As a result, the child experiences joy with each achievement and will face the next challenge with confidence.
There are many benefits to a Montessori based program. We listed a few below:
Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.
Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence. Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-regulation” (ability to educate one’s self, and to think about what one is learning), toddlers through adolescents.
Students are part of a close, caring community. The multi-age classroom—typically spanning 3 years—re-creates a family structure. Older students enjoy stature as mentors and role models; younger children feel supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead. Teachers model respect, loving-kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution.