A key task of montessori academics is raising independent, self-motivated children

Montessori Approach

The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. Montessori curriculum is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. The inherent flexibility allows the method to adapt to the needs of the individual, regardless of the level of ability, learning style, or social sophistication.

Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural drive to work and learn. The children's inherent love of learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, meaningful activities under the guidance of a trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration, motivation, persistence, and discipline. Within this framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities, during the crucial years of development.

The role of a Montessori Teacher is one of a guide and observer, whose goal is to intervene less and less as the child develops. The teacher builds an atmosphere of calm, order and joy in the classroom and encourages the children in all their efforts, thus promoting self-confidence and discipline. With the younger students at each level, the teacher is more active, demonstrating the use of materials and presenting activities based on an assessment of the child's needs. Knowing when to observe and when, and how much, to intervene is a skill the Montessori teacher develops during a rigorous, specialized course of training at training centers throughout the world.

"We must support, as much as possible, the child's desire for activity; not wait on him, but educate him to be independent." -Dr. Maria Montessori