The wisdom of Montessori is much more than an educational method, it is a way of life.
Montessori education is a flow experience. Every experience is built upon the continuing self-construction of the child. Children develop their talents while growing in knowledge.
In our 3-6 year old classroom, the child is invited to choose what to work with from an array of self-correcting materials displayed on open shelves. Over a period of time through repeated work with materials that captivates the child’s interest and attention, the child goes from being undisciplined to self-disciplined, disordered to ordered, and from distracted to focused.
The development of task organization and cognitive order are accomplished through care of self, care of the environment, and coordination of physical movement.
The sensorial area enables the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, color, pitch, etc.
The use of manipulative materials enables the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.
Language arts includes oral language development, written expression, reading, the study of grammar, creative dramatics, and children's literature.
Multicultural activities expose the child to basics in geography, history, and environmental sciences. Music appreciation, art, and movement education are part of the multicultural curriculum.
The preschool environment unifies the social, physical, and academic functioning of the child. The early years of Montessori education build a foundation that includes a positive attitude toward school, inner security and a sense of order, pride in the physical environment, awakening curiosity, a habit of concentration, habits of initiative and persistence, the ability to make decisions, self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility to other members of the class, school, and community.