The basic aim of the Montessori approach is to help children acquire to cognitive motivation they need to fill their own best potential. This is done inviting environment which makes activities available that support the child development, building their interest and nurture their enthusiasm. The emphasis on inner motivation is based on the child’s natural curiosity and delight in discovery.
From birth to six, a child’s mind is like a sponge, soaking up impressions from the environment. If the environment is rich in the child’s mind will become rich.
As Montessori teachers, we know children learn more by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting and exploring and just by listening. We prepare dynamic learning environments to encourage each child to reason, cooperate, collaborate, negotiate and understand. Our goal is the development of an autonomous individual, competent in all areas of life, not merely someone with the “right” answers.
We have specially designed our classrooms for our children. Our school sits on over an acre with a large play and garden area. Our classroom is filled with sunlight streaming windows, and spacious, uncluttered classrooms. It is a world scaled down to the child’s size with low shelves that chick is a wealth of learning materials. The teacher moves unobtrusively through the child-space, working with individual children or small groups, assisting each according to need.
Within a flexible schedule, the school day is typically spent as follows: a long block of time used for individual or small group activities; periods of time for outdoor play where children have a chance use their large muscles for climbing, running, digging in the sand, right tricycles; a time for juice and snacks; and time for large group activities where the children enjoy music, dancing, puppetry, singing and story telling.