What is Montessori?
“The child can only develop fully by means of experience in his environment.
We call such experience ‘work’.”
– Maria Montessori
Montessori is an educational method that is focused on the child’s cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development. A Montessori program allows a child to explore their curiosity and discover their desires through multi-sensory learning. The Montessori classrooms are full of sensory-rich hands-on activities where children will learn at their own pace. The Montessori teachers always present an activity to the students and are able to guided them but students learn to work through problems independently.
Core Components to the Montessori Education:
Independent and Self-Sufficient
Montessori allows the children to not only learn to be individualized but also be more independent and self-sufficient. Montessori students grow up to be more confident, enthusiastic, and self-directed learners. Montessori students complete their own ‘work’ at their own pace.
Forget the worksheets and structured cookie-cutter lessons! The Montessori students have their hand-ons activities that focus on fine motor and life skills. These learned activities can translate into practical, real-life learning which can be applied to real-life situations. The student’s discovery and learning in the classroom can help the child be more independent in their everyday life including being able to button themselves up, oour a cup of milk and cleaning up after themselves.
Montessori children not only thrive with their freedom as an individualized learner but the social interactions made in the classroom are essential to the social development of the children. The students are always ready to accept a new ‘friend’ and guide them through the daily routine.
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The Montessori sequence starting from ages 3 to 5 years allows children to achieve the necessary components to not only transition smoothly to further education, but guides them to self-discovery, awareness, confidence and adaptability to succeed within the classroom’s walls and beyond.
Walsh’s Montessori program teaches our youngest students to become independent individuals. Our students develop essential skills that will aid them in becoming excellent readers and writers. Children participate in engaging, hands-on activities that allow them to explore in the classroom, and the world around them.
At Walsh, our Montessori students also get acclimated to the arts in the classroom. Our STCS/Walsh Art Teacher and Music Teacher play an active role in the lives of our students.
Our goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment where young minds feel comfortable exploring new ideas, and are ready for our advanced kindergarten program.
With the Montessori program, your child will start their education at the front of the pack, prepared to tackle the next step.