A Montessori school, unlike the traditional nursery school, is not a play school. Dr. Montessori found that children need and enjoy work. It is through concentration on freely chosen work that a child fulfills his need to be worthwhile and begins his quest for self-actualization.
Respect for cultural diversity is an important part of Montessori education. Each child and family belongs to a unique and rich culture. Exposure to diverse cultures, customs and traditions provides opportunities for children to understand and appreciate valuable differences among groups of people.
Serving others is an important part of any Christian’s life. Children are taught to care for those less fortunate by participating in various charity projects throughout the year.
Practical Life activities make up the foundation of the program. They are intended to help the child adapt to his environment. He learns to button, snap, and tie, to shine shoes, sweep, dust, and polish. He also learns the forms of good manners in our culture, such as shaking hands, closing doors quietly, and not interrupting. The activities within the classroom are designed in a sequence of steps through which the child comes to realize order and logic in activity. Attention, concentration, carefulness, and independence originate with this work.
The Sensorial material is not intended to give new impressions but to order, relate, classify, explore, and realize the sense impressions the child has had before coming to school. The equipment is designed to aid the senses in discriminating form, shape, size, color, sound, and touch. Each piece of material isolates a single quality, a single sense impression. The Sensorial materials serve as keys to all other areas of learning. The sound exercises lead to music; the child’s interest in sound, form, and texture is utilized in learning the shapes and sounds of the alphabet; form extends into geometry, botany, and geography.
Language is woven into all parts of the program. The child learns that words are made of sounds. Then he learns that each sound has a symbol. Knowing the sound and symbol for each letter of the alphabet, he begins to build words. Stories, poems, plays, and ordinary conversation are important in the environment. The aim is to increase the child’s knowledge, his organization of thought, and his confidence and ability to express and use his mind.
Montessori observed human tendencies to abstract, investigate, calculate, measure, imagine and create. If the child is allowed to develop these tendencies through manipulating concrete materials, allowing for repetition and concentration, he/she moves easily on to abstraction and a love for mathematics. As the child is introduced to numbers, both the symbol and quantity are taught. Later the decimal system (units, tens, hundreds, thousands) is brought to the child along with basic arithmetic processes.
We believe that each child is a unique individual. The Montessori curriculum is individually paced and tailored to ensure development of the whole child including academic, emotional, physical, and spiritual development.
CONCENTRATION AND HANDS-ON LEARNING
In order to learn there must be concentration and the best way for a child to develop concentration is to fix his attention on some task he is performing with his hands.
FREEDOM WITHIN LIMITS
Every program has its set of ground rules which are different from age to age, but are always based upon core Montessori beliefs, respect for each other and the environment. Children develop a sense of inner discipline and order which provides a calm security.
DEVELOPMENT OF INDEPENDENCE
Children are encouraged to solve their own problems and make decisions from a very early age. This allows children to become effective problem solvers who can make appropriate choices and manage their time well.
MULTI AGE GROUPING FOR A COMMUNITY ATMOSPHERE
Multi-age classrooms facilitate cooperative learning. Older children become mentors for younger ones while younger children learn to respect and look up to their elders.
LOVE OF LEARNING
Montessori teaches children to love learning and makes learning fun. Teachers ask the right questions, leading the children to discover the answers for themselves. Learning becomes its own reward and each success fuels a desire to discover more.
The Montessori program develops the whole personality of the child – not merely his intellectual faculties but also his powers of initiative, deliberation, and independent choice. By living as a free member of a real, social community, the child is trained in the fundamental social qualities which form the basis of good citizen.
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, do not stop them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matt. 19:14
“Children must grow not only in the body, but in the spirit.” – Maria Montessori