The Whole Child Approach
A primary goal of a Montessori education is to help each child reach his/her full potential in all areas of life. The child’s emotional, social, physical, and cognitive needs and interests are considered to be inseparable and of equal importance.
The classroom environment encourages exploration, independence, freedom within limits, beauty, harmony, and a sense of order and trust. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop him or herself, interacting with the teacher when support or guidance is needed.
Students in Montessori classrooms work with specially designed learning materials, manipulating and investigating them to master the lessons they embody. Students use real objects and actions to translate abstract ideas into concrete form. Learning happens through purposeful activity.
Teachers are credentialed in the Montessori philosophy and methodology for the age level they are teaching. The Montessori teacher functions as a role model, guide, demonstrator, and meticulous observer and recorder of each student’s behavior and growth. In preparing the classroom, she makes sure it meets each student’s unique interests, academic levels, and developmental needs.