Connectivity, Collaboration, and Community
There’s nothing more rewarding for a parent than to watch your child grow and develop to be a happy, confident, resourceful and self-sufficient person–comfortable and successful in the world around him or her. We imagine that’s what Dr. Maria Montessori recognized more than 100 years ago when she developed the Montessori approach to early childhood education. Drawing upon her scientific background and clinical understanding, she recognized that every child is a natural learner who “underwent extraordinary transformations in overall happiness, self-confidence and self-discipline when they were allowed to follow their innate needs.” (Montessori Media Centre)
Connecting Your Child to the Environment
The first priority of a Montessori school is to provide a thoughtfully prepared, safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment to foster your child’s natural drive to learn, collaborate, work and create. The classroom is completely child-centric, from the welcoming room décor and furniture to the purposefully displayed activities and specially designed Montessori learning materials. After all, children thrive on order and structure.
The Montessori teacher is a guide and observer of each child, specially trained to watch and understand your child’s behavior during uninterrupted blocks of work and play time. Based on your child’s level of development—physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially–individualized lessons help your child explore and reach new skill levels. It’s a very focused learning approach within a calm, orderly, stimulating, and joyful environment that encourages discovery, concentration, and discipline.
Collaborating for Success
One of the key elements of a Montessori education is multi-age groupings that foster peer learning. In the classroom, children are grouped in three-year age ranges: 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, etc. This results in older children sharing their knowledge and helping to teach the younger children. For the younger ones, they seek to model the behavior of the older children and aspire to achieve higher levels of competency. The collaborative learning approach and communication between teachers, students and peers create an exciting, interactive learning experience. Ultimately, this experience drives successful outcomes for academic, emotional and social development.
A true Montessori approach nurtures the whole child. That’s why children learn about peace education and take part in character education in an Apple Montessori classroom. We focus on personal virtues, interpersonal skills and global citizenship to help children understand their place in the world and the unique gifts they offer. Children help each other develop, resolve conflicts, and achieve common goals under the observant eyes and guidance of trained teachers. The philosophy and lessons of the Montessori approach apply to all aspects of life, from inside and outside the classroom to home, family, friends, and work. The 3C’s of Montessori help lay the foundation for your child’s future success and well-being at all levels of maturity.