What does a Montessori classroom look like?
Learning in a Montessori classroom takes place through the senses. Within the child’s reach are specialized self-correcting sensorial materials, for example, the moveable alphabet, the binomial and trinomial cubes, and the golden beads. Many of these materials and activities are designed to allow for self-correction, a feature that leads towards the child’s independence. Children will be provided with opportunities to learn through exploring the natural environment as it already has an onsite garden, large green space.
MMSIC is perfectly situated to support this learning. Field trips and entrepreneurial showcase will be an important part of the program in order to provide children with authentic learning experiences.
Background on Montessori philosophy
Montessori schools have been in existence for over 100 years in both private and public school settings in countries around the world.
Montessori education was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori as a result of her scientific observations of the behaviour of young children. It was her observation that young children learn best in a nurturing environment, filled with developmentally appropriate materials that provide experiences contributing to the growth of self-motivated, independent learners.
Montessori philosophy and methodology has influenced much of what is considered ‘best practice’ in our elementary schools today. This includes a focus on child-centred, developmentally appropriate, authentic ‘hands-on’ learning experiences. Montessori education fosters the development of an inquiring mind and an appreciation for one’s place in the physical environment, and one’s responsibility as a citizen of the world.
How does the philosophy fit with the MMSI curriculum?
A Montessori education is child-centred and based on the interests and needs of learners. The approach is consistent with the MMSIC as children learn through a sensorial method, moving from the concrete to the abstract in developing their understanding of concepts. Thematic units focus on the ‘great lessons’ which are taught through a multi-disciplinary and inquiry based method.
As well, Montessori education focuses on social responsibility through the development of age appropriate leadership skills, self-discipline, and citizenship. A core aspect of the Institution is the development of human intelligent through numbers.
How would Montessori fit with my child?
A Montessori education is inclusive, and is suitable for all learners. Many families who have their children in Montessori preschools are keen to continue their child’s Montessori education in the elementary years. MMSIC will be the first Montessori Pre-school to specialize in Mathematics and Science in order to instill innovation.