Montessori Education develops in each child a positive attitude toward learning.
Most of the learning activities are individualized. Each child engages in the learning task that has a particular appeal for him. Because he finds the activity geared to his needs and level of readiness, he works at his own rate. He can repeat the task as often as he likes, thus experiencing a series of successful achievements. In this way, he builds up a positive attitude toward learning.
Develops self-confidence as an independent learner.
Tasks are designed so that each new step is built on what the child has already mastered, thus removing the negating experience of frequent failure. Success builds up an inner confidence and facilitates sound emotional development.
Develops a habit of concentration.
Effective learning is built on the ability to listen carefully and attend to what is said or demonstrated. Through a series of absorbing experiences, the child forms habits of extended attention and improved concentration.
Develops a sense of curiosity, persistence, and initiative.
By providing the child with opportunities to discover qualities, dimensions, and relationships amidst a rich variety of stimulating learning situations, his natural desire to know is developed into a habit of being curious. “Ground Rules” call for completing a task once begun and for replacing materials after the task is accomplished. The “completion expectation” gradually results in a habit of persistence. The structure of choosing and engaging in activities that meet a child’s inner need exercises the child’s initiative.
Fosters inner security and a sense of order in the child.
Through well-ordered, enriched but simplified tasks, the child’s need for order and security is intensely satisfied. This is noticed in the calming effect the environment has on the child. Since every item in the Montessori classroom has a place and the ground rules call for everything being in its place, the security is likewise satisfied. Gradually, the well-ordered environment develops an internalized sense of order and security basic to sound emotional growth.
Develops sensory-motor skills.
Activities call for the manipulation of a wide variety of specially designed apparatus. Intriguing tasks involving large and small muscles enable the child to gain increased control over his movements. Many of the tasks involve the muscle movement and control required to prepare the hand and eye for handwriting.
Sharpens the ability to discriminate and judge.
Challenging sorting and matching activities call for noting similarities and differences in size, shape, color, texture, odor, sound and weight. By sharpening his sensory acuity the child learns to report more accurately the various qualities describing his expanding world.
Helps the child develop socially.
Through working with others, he learns to cooperate, as well as to restrain spontaneous impulses, which might infringe on the rights of others. Ground rules set limits on freedom to insure personal rights and to teach respect for others. Opportunities for natural interaction provide avenues for communication skills to be tested and discovered.
Develops creative intelligence.
By harvesting many clear perceptions from well-planned sensorial, mathematical, music, art, language, science and practical-life activities, the child acquires the “mental building blocks” needed later for grasping the meaning of words, ideas and concepts. Children can then blossom into effective readers, problem solvers, communicators…people!
In brief, the Montessori program is devoted to the development of the whole child. By providing him with the opportunity to achieve his own development consisting of healthy attitudes, good habits and effective skills, the program results in children having strong self-esteem – essential for a lifetime of joy and success.
*Wherever the pronouns “he” or “him” are used, it is understood to mean both “he” and “she” and “him” and “her”.