The Montessori Method

The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach, with over 100 years of success throughout the world.

The Montessori Method views the child as naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared environment. It values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physically, socially, and emotionally.

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that moving and learning were inseparable. In early childhood, Montessori students learn through sensory-motor activities, working with materials that develop their cognitive abilities through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and moving. The students involve their entire bodies and use all their senses in the process of learning.

Characteristics of Montessori

In a Montessori program, the teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to him in order to grow and develop, interacting with the teacher when guidance is needed.

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The Environment

Montessori programs consist of multiage classrooms that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity. In the multi-age environment, younger children learn from older peers and in turn the older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. This arrangement also mirrors the real world, where individuals work and socialize with people of all ages and dispositions.

Each classroom is a carefully prepared environment filled with specially designed Montessori learning materials that are carefully arranged and readily available for a child to use.  The classroom is prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. Learning materials are displayed on accessible shelves, fostering independence as students go about their work. Everything is where it is supposed to be, conveying a sense of harmony and order that both comforts and inspires.

Customary rows of school desks are non-existent; children work at tables or on the floor, rolling out mats on which to work and define their work space.

The Teacher

Dr. Maria Montessori

In a Montessori program, teachers do not present information for rote learning. Instead, they demonstrate specially designed learning materials that serve as a springboard for investigation and discovery.  Teachers thoughtfully prepare classroom environments with materials and activities that meet all students’ interests, academic level and developmental needs.

By carefully observing their students, Montessori teachers are aware of each child’s interest, learning style and temperament. With this knowledge, the teachers choose materials and lessons that will capture the child’s attention, enticing him to learn and move to the next increasingly complex and abstract concept.

By modeling appropriate behavior teachers introduce values such as empathy, compassion and acceptance of individual differences. Students are encouraged to be courteous and kind and to work together responsibly and respectfully.

Benefits of Montessori

Given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to make connections, Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century.

  • Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.
  • Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence. Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-regulation” (ability to educate one’s self, and to think about what one is learning), toddlers through adolescents.
  • Students are part of a close, caring community. The multi-age classroom—typically spanning 3 years—re-creates a family structure. Older students enjoy stature as mentors and role models; younger children feel supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead. Teachers model respect, loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution.
  • Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits. Working within parameters set by their teachers, students are active participants in deciding what their focus of learning will be. Ultimately, Montessorians understand that internal satisfaction drives the child’s curiosity and interest and results in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime.
  • Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge. Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.
  • Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors.

Want More Information?

Learn more about the history of the Montessori Method:

The American Montessori Society –  http://amshq.org/

Association Montessori International USA – http://amiusa.org/

Reasons to Choose Spondeo

Montessori Certified

Teacher, Child and Enviroment

In a Montessori program, the teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to him or her in order to grow and develop, interacting with the teacher when guidance is needed.

Class Size

Teacher to Child Ratio

Spondeo Preschool has the lowest student to teacher ratio in the Gilbert and Chandler area. With our superior ratios and the Montessori method we have created an environment where precious children can flourish.

Support Development

Productive and Creative Children

Spondeo Preschool endeavors to create the best environment to support the development of the whole child into productive and creative members of the classroom, their family and both the local and global communities.

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