Montessori Children’s Center Philosophy
Originally developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over one hundred years ago, the Montessori approach to educating has proven revolutionary. The method of instruction breaks with traditional approaches in numerous significant ways. For conceptual purposes, it helpful to think of teachers as conductors of an intricate orchestra of students and young minds, rather than drill sergeants of unruly young children. Teachers guide their students through a prepared environment, which is the classroom, among lessons and activities which both tease a child’s interest or curiosity and are skill/development appropriate for each particular child. In approaching students in this manner, children are working on lessons and activities which interest them. As a result, they are learning exponentially quicker, earlier, and more efficiently than by traditional methods.
The Montessori method, essentially divides up the curriculum in to five more focused genres; math, language, science, practical life, and sensorial. MCC classrooms are equipped with a series of lessons, from each of the five genres, in varying complexity. Students, with one-on-one attention from MCC faculty, work through the various lessons of their interest, at their individual pace. Children may elect to work on all five genres in one day, or simply stick to one. Children are provided the choice and independence to make these types of decisions for themselves.
MCC classrooms follow the Montessori method, and tailor it further to the varying ages and readiness of our students.