"We have watched (our child) flourish in the environment provided at CACC Montessori."
The Montessori Advantage
Creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of acceptance and trust. Montessorians recognize that each child, from toddler to teenager, learns and expresses himself in a very individual way.
The "Prepared Environment."
In order for self-directed learning to take place, the whole learning environment room, materials and social climate-must be supportive of the learner. The teacher provides necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive climate. The teacher thus gains the children's trust, which enables them to try new things and build self-confidence
The Montessori materials.
Dr. Montessori's observations of the kinds of things which children enjoy and go back to repeatedly led her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials which facilitate the learning of skills and lead to learning of abstract ideas.
- The materials used by the children are designed to allow them to correct their own mistakes.
How does Montessori work?
Each Montessori class, from toddlers through high school, operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Every program has its set of ground rules which differs from age to age, but is always based on core Montessori beliefs-respect for each other and for the environment.
Children are free to work at their own pace with materials they have chosen, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on his or her observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials may be introduced to an individual child or to a small or large group. The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community
The three-year-age span in each class provides a family-like grouping where learning can take place naturally. More experienced children share what they have learned while reinforcing their own learning. Because this peer group learning is intrinsic to Montessori, there is often more conversation-language experiences-in the Montessori classroom than in conventional early education settings.
- Diverse set of Montessori materials, activities and experiences
- Schedule that allows large blocks of uninterrupted learning time
- Classroom atmosphere that encourages social interaction
- Space for personal, small group, and whole class learning activities
- Lightweight, proportionate, movable child-sized furnishings
- Identifiable ground rules
- Aesthetically pleasing environment
- Outdoor space to accommodate rigorous physical activity
- To encourage intrinsic motivation, spontaneous activity, and self-education
- To provide sensory education for intellectual development
- To encourage competencies through repetitive concrete experiences
- To encourage cooperative learning through peer teaching and social interaction
- To provide learning opportunities through physical activity and outdoor work
- To provide learning activities for creative expression