Introduction to Montessori
Purposeful activity, develops motor control and coordination, and develops independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. The exercises in practical life cover two main areas of development: care of self, and care of the environment.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that sensorial experiences began at birth. Through their senses, children are able to study their environment. Through sensorial work, children are able to consciously obtain clear information that allows them to make classifications in their environment.
We begin with the phonetic letter sounds. Tracing cursive sand paper letters to integrate the flow of each letter into a cohesion with the sound.
The Montessori math lesson sequence is carefully thought out, is not sequential per se, yet each lesson builds upon one another. ... Dr. Montessori believed that the brain is naturally drawn to precision, to organize, to compare, to create order out of disorder, to classify and to quantify patterns and relationships.
Geography is the most all-encompassing subject in the Montessori "cultural curriculum." It creates the foundation for understanding the oneness of the human family, recognizing the basic needs that all people share while appreciating the diversity of how different cultures satisfy those same needs.
Children are naturally curious, and they have a tremendous ability to observe even the smallest of details. The Montessori science curriculum aims to give children the opportunity to learn about the world around them, and it encourages them to use all of their senses when exploring. Topics in the Science curriculum include: Botany, Zoology, Astronomy,
– A 3-hour, uninterrupted work cycle.
– A way of fostering independence by teaching the child how to do it them self.
– Having a child say, “I can do it myself!”
– Active, hands-on learning incorporating lots of movement when needed.
– Fosters an innate life-long love of learning.
– Self-paced learning.
– Child led learning based on his/her interest.
– Where children may work independently or with others, and sometimes as a group.
– Lots of movement as needed.
– Teacher as a guide, assisting children and providing lessons.
– Mixed age groups. Primary consists of ages 2.5 – 6, enabling older children to mentor and teach younger ones.
- ASSOCIATION MONTESSORI INTERNATIONALE: Official Website of the International Montessori Society. The Association Montessori Internationale was founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain the integrity of her life’s work, and to ensure that it would be perpetuated after her death.
- AMERICAN MONTESSORI SOCIETY: Official Website of the American Montessori Society AMS is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting the use of the Montessori teaching approach in private and public schools.
- MONTESSORI METHOD: WIKIPEDIA, THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA
- THE MONTESSORI METHOD: The full text with illustrations from. The Montessori Method (1912) by Maria Montessori, translated by Anne Everett George. Hosted by UPenn digital library.
- THE MONTESSORI PHILOSOPHY: Website devoted to Montessori schools in California, but with a good summary of Montessori Philosophy and Method.
- MONTESSORI FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: FAQs from the Michael Olaf Montessori Company. Dr. Olaf is a world renowned expert in Early Childhood Development, and has written frequently and extensively about Montessori Method.
Meadows Montessori School admits students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at that school and does not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.