Key Elements Of The Montessori Method


Self-Education ~ Children have an innate curiosity about the worlds they inhabit. Modern Montessori encourages them to explore the carefully prepared learning environment that responds to the child's need to learn and grow by exposing them to materials and experiences that stimulate intelligence and promote physical and psychological abilities
Individual Instruction ~ Almost all instruction takes place on a one-on-one basis. This allows the directress to become familiar with and nurture the unique characteristics of each child. Individual didactic materials are always provided during group lessons to allow each child to learn at his / her own pace. Lessons are short, concise, direct and aimed at enhancing the child's self-worth
Didactic Materials ~ Modern Montessori provides specially designed didactic apparatus for every period of childhood, beginning with simple learning tools and then gradually moving on to more complex materials. Each piece or set of equipment is designed to provide the child with a clear cut experience and then gradually lead him or her to more complicated tasks
A Specially Prepared Environment ~ At Modern Montessori the child is guided towards being able to make free and intelligent choices. All learning materials are placed within the child's reach and the general classroom environment is bright and comprised of living things such as plants and pets, which the child learns to care for. At Modern Montessori, children are vertically grouped into 3 year cycle age groups from 2½ - 6 years; 6 - 9; 9 - 12. This family-type structure encourages younger children to learn from older ones, and encourages the older children to strive to be role models for their younger counterparts. It also creates a pervasive context of security as learners remain under the care of one directress for a longer period of time.
The Teacher as a Trained Directress ~ Since the emphasis is on learning rather than teaching, the directress plays an enabling role. As such she prepares and maintains the classroom to ensure that everything needed is within the children's' reach. She is consistently available to respond to the needs of her learners and serves as a positive and inspiring role model who guides them towards self-study, independence, and self-confidence

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