What is Montessori?
The Montessori Method was started in 1903 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female Doctor in Italy. Since then, Montessori schools have been established in over 50 countries with proven success throughout the world. Dr. Maria Montessori discovered the remarkable and effortless ability of a child to absorb knowledge from their surroundings. She developed special teaching materials which allowed the children to use their senses as a means of learning. Her medical and psychiatric training background helped Dr.Maria Montessori articulate the needs of the growing child. It also added credibility to her findings; her method gained recognition worldwide and she revolutionized education for young children.
Montessori education is not a system of teaching, but a method of helping children in their complete development. Montessori educators view children as naturally eager and capable of initiating and pursuing learning, guided by their own interests. To support children as they learn, Montessori schools provide thoughtfully prepared, age-appropriate environments that nurture children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
The Montessori concept of education allows children to experience the joy of learning at an early age within an environment that fosters it. The best time to start is the early years of 2 -4. We emphasize the potential of the young mind and develop this potential by using “teaching materials” and specially “trained teachers.” The teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop himself, interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed.
We believe that children are motivated to learn in an environment that speaks to their interests which fit their unique developmental pace. Our mission is to meet the individual child’s intellectual, emotional, and physical rigor needs and to guide them in a hands-on atmosphere. Children will learn through their mistakes rather than corrections, and this experience will form the foundation to a lifetime of creative and critical thinking skills. Our credentialed and experienced Montessori teachers will provide comprehensive Montessori education to cultivate our student’s independency, his/her foundational skills, social ease and self confidence. Our Montessori education will promote students to successfully achieve their life goals in future.
Areas of study that Our Montessori Early Childhood classroom offers your child
Children learn daily-life skills, such as how to get dressed, prepare snacks, set the table, and care for plants and animals. They also learn appropriate social interactions, such as saying please and thank-you, being kind and helpful, listening without interrupting, and resolving conflicts peacefully. The purpose of these exercises also is to develop concentration, hand/eye coordination, attention to detail and muscle development.
In addition to teaching specific skills, Practical Life activities promote independence, and gross- and fine-motor coordination, which indirectly prepares a child for writing
Children refine skills in perceiving the world through their different senses – this language is universal. The purpose of the sensorial exercises is to learn how to describe and name their experiences—for example, rough and smooth, perceived through touch. Sensorial learning equipment in a Montessori classroom, helps children to differentiate, classify and compare concepts such as length, height, weight, width and depth. Isolation of a single quality such as color, weight, shape, texture, sound and smell in each exercise helps children classify their surroundings and create order. It lays the foundation for learning by developing the ability to classify, sort, and discriminate—skills necessary in math, geometry, and language..
The Montessori child learns math through experienceing it. With hands-on activities, children learn to identify numerals and match them to their quantity, understand place-value and the base-10 system, and practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In our school, a child begins with concrete mathematical material such as number pads and the sandpaper numbers. They also explore patterns in the numbering system. With an exploratory approach, children do more than just memorize math facts; they gain a firm understanding of the meaning behind them. They eventually graduate to abstraction in mathematical computation.
Activities throughout the Montessori Early Childhood classroom teach language, help children acquire vocabulary, and develop skills needed for writing and reading. “There is a little bit of an artist in every child. It is but a small step from drawing to writing.” Phonics is the base of all language. From developing pencil control using metal inserts, the child goes on to learn sounds with the help of the movable alphabet.
The ability to write, a precursor to reading, is taught first. Using hands-on materials, children learn letter sounds, how to combine sounds to make words, how to build sentences, and how to use a pencil. Once these skills are acquired, children spontaneously learn to read.
Second Language Immersion Program (Mandarin)
Learning a new language promotes healthy development and many cognitive and social benefits will last a lifetime. Our professionally trained Mandarin instructor creates a fun curriculum that is completely immersive in the 2nd language throughout the entire school day for children to acquire the new language almost effortlessly.
Cultural Studies/ Other Academic Areas
A wide range of subjects, including history, geography, science, art, music and P.E. classes, are well planned out weekly and integrated in lessons in the cultural area of the curriculum. Children learn about their own community and the world around them. Discovering similarities and differences among people and places helps them develop an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our world, and a respect for all living things. It also promotes the development of physical health and hobbies at an early age which can be used later in life.