child from birth to six years of age is given a powerful tool, the ability
to absorb everything. Their
learning is effortless and is often an unconscious acquisition.
For this reason, we carefully prepare the classroom and the learning
that happens during this time of a child’s life.
We want to aid their development and create a foundation for lifelong
enjoyment of learning. We are
very careful to not abuse this powerful tool.
We do not force a child to do work that they are not ready for nor
teach information that will not aid them in their future.
child from birth to six goes through different sensitive periods.
These periods are when a child is drawn to this aspect of development and have
an intensified ability to acquire these skills.
four sensitive periods experienced from three to six are:
Montessori materials are designed to meet the needs of children to acquire these
skills. The teachers are trained
to observe when the child is experiencing one of these sensitive periods and
connect the child to materials that will meet their needs.
child is given the freedom to choose their own work in the classroom, to use
the material for as long as they wish, and take it out as many times as they
wish. The child has internal
guides and we trust that the child will choose the work that meets their
needs. When the child is unable
to choose their own work, the teacher helps the child gain the ability to do
so by providing appropriate choices.
The child is free to do what is right. The
child learns the rules and responsibilities that accompany this freedom.
Children are given guiding discipline while learning the rules and
how to act appropriately. By
giving children freedom it allows them to develop self-confidence, positive
social interactions, and self-discipline.