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Primary (Ages 3-6) Course Catalog

1. Montessori Education

4. Course Requirements

7. Leaving the Course

2. Organization, Affiliation, & Objective

5. Admissions

8. Additional Information

3. Program of Study

6. Fees

9. Bibliography

 

1. Montessori Education: Blueprint for Educational Innovation

U.S. Puzzle MapThe knowledge explosion of our time requires that curricula be integrated and economical in their presentations in order to make room for a wider range of study. The vast quantity of knowledge available makes it impossible to learn or teach all the facts; a child, therefore, must not only learn but also learn how to learn. An increasingly global perspective encompassing changing environmental conditions and a diversity of cultures must be presented in the context of interdependent decision-making among nations. Ideally, all of this learning should be attuned to the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of the child.

Montessori strives to meet these needs with a system of developmentally appropriate education from infancy to adolescence, supported by an international network for teacher training.

Based on a child-centered model for active, individualized learning within the framework of integrated approach, the Montessori educational philosophy embodies every aspect of the so-called "re-invented" classroom. The Montessori system has been proven effective for all children, across all socioeconomic levels, in both public and private sectors.

SewingFounded in 1907 by Maria Montessori, a visionary Italian anthropologist and doctor of medicine, and based on her own practical experiences with children of San Lorenzo in the poorest section of Rome, Montessori education today is implemented on six continents. In North America alone, there are close to 5,000 private Montessori schools and about 170 public Montessori schools in approximately 300 school districts (estimates from the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association).

Basic to Montessori’s ideas is the notion that the development of the human mind does not happen through genetically predetermined growth nor through imparted knowledge. Children themselves construct their minds according to inner directives and tendencies. For this construction, they need spontaneous interaction with the environment: absorbing impressions through the senses, working with the hands, and simultaneously processing concepts and ideas with the imagination and the reasoning mind.

Sandpaper LettersThe opportunity to do such work brings about the phenomenon Montessori called "normalization": The child emerges from the concentrated activity in a harmonious state of mind, peaceful, cooperative, happy, capable of deep concentration, and possessing a love of productive work.

The Montessori materials are designed to provide manipulative exploration of abstract concepts, relationships, and processes. The role of the adult in Montessori education is to provide a suitable work environment (including materials), to observe the children, and to introduce materials to each child based on detailed and profound knowledge and understanding of both the materials and the child.

The Montessori approach builds on the continuing self-construction of the child—daily, weekly, yearly—for the duration of the program. Although Montessori schools are divided into subphases of multi-age-group classrooms—parent-infant and toddler, (ages 0 through 3), primary (ages 3 through 6), lower and upper elementary (ages 6 through 9 and 9 through 12), and middle school (ages 12 through 15)—the prepared environments introduce an uninterrupted series of learning passages, a continuum.