The Montessori method is unique. It is based on a sensible balance between freedom and structure specifically designed for the young child. It provides a pleasant environment with carefully devised materials that meet the child's natural needs. It provides the overall guidance of a thoroughly trained directress. Montessori gives your child a strong basis, in his/her most formative years, for developing into a well-rounded, responsible, happy and fulfilled adult.

Objectives and Goals of a Montessori School:

The main purpose of a Montessori School is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help our children develop within them an excellent foundation for creative learning.

The learning materials in a Montessori school have been designed to provide a wide variety of learning experiences geared to the developmental needs of pre-school children. The programmed activities involving the handling, manipulating, and working with these materials prove to be intensely fascinating and absorbing for the young child. When engaged in well-structured tasks, he/she experiences a deep inner satisfaction, which leaves him/her with an overall positive attitude toward everything connected with school. Hence, the specific goals for the children who attend the Montessori school will be:

1. Developing in each child a positive attitude toward school.  Most of the learning activities are individualized; each child engages in that learning task which has a particular appeal for him/her because he/she finds the activities geared to his/her needs and level of readiness.  Consequently, he/she works at his/her own rate, repeating the task as often as he/she likes, thus experiencing a series of successful achievements.  In this manner, he/she builds up a positive attitude toward learning itself.

2. Helping each child develop self confidence.  In the Montessori school, tasks are programmed so that each new step is built upon what the child has already mastered, thus removing the negative experience of frequent failure.  Success after success builds on the inner confidence of the child, assuring him that he can learn by himself.  These confidence-building activities likewise contribute to the child's sound emotional development.

3. Assisting each child in building a habit of concentration.  Effective learning requires 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, thus increasing his/her ability to concentrate.

4. Fostering in the child an abiding curiosity. In a rapidly changing society, all of us will have to be students all of our lives. A deep persistent and abiding curiosity is a pre-requisite for creative learning. By providing the child with opportunities to discover qualities, dimensions, and relationships amidst a rich variety of stimulating learning situations, his/her natural desire to know is developed into a habit of being curious; an essential element in creative learning.

5. Developing habits of initiative and persistence.  By surrounding the child with appealing materials and learning activities geared to his/her inner needs; he/she becomes accustomed to engaging in activities of his/her own.  Gradually, this results in a habit of initiative; an essential quality in leadership.  "Ground rules" call for completing a task once begun and for replacing materials after the task is accomplished. This "completion expectation" gradually results in a habit of persistence.

6. Fostering inner security and sense of order in the child.  Through a well ordered, enriched but simplified environment, 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 of everything being in its place, the child's inner need for order is keenly satisfied.  Gradually, the well-ordered environment develops a "sense of order" and that inner security basic to fostering sound emotional development.

 
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