Dr. Maria Montessori developed her education methods on the concept that no human being is educated by another person, but rather must do it him/herself in order to learn. Therefore, in our classroom I will strive to have the students learn in an environment that promotes independence, organization, individualization, research, respect and kindness.
Our Montessori classroom environment is organized according to subject area. Your child will not have an assigned desks but instead will be allowed to move around the room freely. He/ She will learn to respect the room and others and how to work in a peaceful and quiet environment. Children may work with any material with which they have experience for an unlimited amount of time. On any day, all subjects—math, language, science, history, geography, art, music, etc.—are at the child’s disposal, at all levels. All subjects are interwoven and taught in conjunction with one another.
Children will be expected to complete their own work throughout the day. They will work down an individual work plan and check off each completed assignment. The plans will then come home with them on Friday in their Daily folder. Please, have your child explain their work plan to you and also sign the bottom. This communication is meant to keep you informed about the work your child is completing throughout the week.
In the Montessori method, many of the children’s works will be completed using hands on materials, in order to solve abstract problems. A minimal amount of written work will come home with your child from the classroom.
My goal, as your child’s Montessori teacher, is to guide and facilitate the learning experience. Being a guide for a child means more than using certain words or examples; it involves my awareness, attitude, body language and actions that reflect the principles of the Montessori Method.