What is the Montessori Method?
- Pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952).
- The Montessori Method is well recognized and well respected. It has been time-tested world wide across a full spectrum of societies and cultures.
- In North America, there are over 5,000 private Montessori schools and over 200 public Montessori programs.
- Some of Dr. Montessori’s ideas are as follows:
- Hands-on learning and manipulatives, particularly for mathematics.
- Structured learning environments designed to facilitate self-directed learning.
- Stress on intrinsic motivation and student choice of activities.
- Multi-age grouping, peer tutoring and cooperative learning.
- Self-correcting materials.
- A sensorial environment which reflects beauty, simplicity and order.
- A non-distracting environment.
Distinguishing Features of a Montessori Elementary Program
- A Montessori Elementary program is characterized by the following:
- A multi-aged, multi-graded diverse grouping of students (Pre Kindergarten for ages 3 & 4, Kindergarten and grades 1,2 and 3).
- A teacher educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology appropriate to the age level of the students.
- An Alberta certified teacher.
- A teacher working with the same group of students for more than one year.
- A structured or prepared environment that encourages intrinsic motivation, spontaneous activity, and self-directed learning.
- Math and Language Arts are structured within a large block of time to offer choice.
Montessori Alternative Program Objectives
- To provide a well-rounded education that meets or exceeds Alberta Education requirements for children grades Kindergarten through Grade 3 that is consistent with the mission, visions and beliefs of the Golden Hills School Board.
- To provide an education that meets the needs of individual children, respecting their individual differences and interests and their learning styles.
- To provide greater independence and problem solving skills.
- To provide a quality education that focuses on the whole child and strives to prepare children for lifelong learning and social responsibility.
- To provide an education that nurtures respect for other individuals, cultures and for the environment.
- To provide parents with an alternative of choice for their children along with an opportunity to be involved at all levels.
- The Alberta Program of Studies is followed. Students are taught learning outcomes using the Montessori philosophy.
North American Montessori Teachers' Association
Introduction to Montessori Education http://www.montessori-namta.org/About-Montessori
You can reach information about Montessori in the following ways:
P.O. BOX 2061
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