Montessori believed that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate his/her own natural curiosity and the exploration of their environment.
Children from three to six years of age work together in the Montessori classroom. The mixed age environment provides younger children with models for everything from walking in a line or washing their hands to reading and writing. As leaders in the classroom, the older children develop an invaluable feeling of self-confidence. Dirigo Montessori School’s personal setting allows teachers to understand each child as an individual and guide them through the curriculum in a way that best fits their particular learning style.
The beautifully constructed Montessori materials are designed to attract children and promote learning. Additionally, the didactic materials encourage independence and allow the children to work at their own pace. Lessons and materials are introduced based on the child’s interests and learning styles. Montessori teachers respect each child’s individual needs and emphasize the process of learning over the product. The children are encouraged to work with any of the materials in the classroom for which they have had a lesson, for as long as they wish. This allows the child to experience the process of learning through spontaneous self-discovery while enhancing self confidence and independence. Ultimately, a love of school and learning is cultivated within each child laying the foundation for a lifetime love of learning.
“The most important period of life is the first one, the period from birth to age six, for that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori