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Characteristics of a Montessori Environment

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At Home With Montessori services provide the essential information on how to inspire children to discover a love of learning and provide the tools necessary for parents/caregivers to set up creative, academic and fun learning environments.  What is unique and exceptional about the Montessori program is that it offers all children the opportunity to learn regardless of what their learning style is whether, visual, auditory, or experiential/“hands-on” learning.  Incorporating the scientifically proven successful Montessori curriculum, assures that children will receive strong literacy and math skills.

 Characteristics of a Montessori Environment

  • Child-centered learning following the needs and learning impulses of the child as determined through observation.
  • Respect for each child and his/her unique needs and individual learning style.
  • Learning programs with individualized presentations of Montessori activities.
  • A beautiful prepared developmentally appropriate learning environment.
  • “Hands-on” didactic (self-teaching) materials.
  • Children have free choice of age appropriate, clearly organized and appealing activities.
  • Exploration of materials in a respectful manner through art activities and games.
  • Continued maintenance and upgrading of the Montessori curriculum areas in the environment to meet children’s changing needs.
  • The child is given freedom to choose from a variety of academic activities.
  • Children are not corrected but observed and can be reshown a work at a later time by the educator if they are having difficulty.
  • The child is provided with an environment that allows concentration and repetition of activities without interruption.
  • Positive discipline methods employed by re-direction and modeling of appropriate behaviours.
  • Presentations and lessons on grace and courtesy, manners, and appropriate reactions of how to handle frustration and anger.
  • Encouraging discipline from within, encouraging the development of internal discipline rather than external discipline.
  • Peace education and how to handle conflict/resolution with peers.

Dr. Maria Montessori observed that children have natural tendencies toward doing work and being involved in their environment.  By implementing the proven Montessori program in children’s learning environment, parents, daycare providers and teachers promote academic, social and emotional success.  Thus, leading children to develop toward reaching their full potential.   All children will excel at some area in the classroom and the Montessori curriculum helps each child find their greatest passion plus promoting a love of learning.

“A basic requirement for a scientific educational program must therefore be a school that will permit a child to freely develop his own personal life. If a system of education is to rise from a study of the individual student, it will have to come about in this way, that is, from the observation of free children who are watched and studied but not repressed“ (Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child, p.19).