The Montessori philosophy is based on supporting the complete development of the child as they progress from birth to adulthood. It takes the broad vision of education as an aid for life.
As a way of teaching, Montessori offers the view that knowledge isn’t passively gained by listening to words. Rather, it is gained through experiences in the surrounding environment.
Therefore, the Montessori approach uses a prepared classroom to inspire children towards a life-long love of learning.
Qualities of the prepared classroom include: structure, order, freedom of movement, and freedom of choice.
Within this structured space, children learn through hands-on experiences. Especially relevant are the beautifully made Montessori learning materials that children work with to make independent learning discoveries.
The children are guided in their learning by the Montessori teachers, who act as the link between the children, and the prepared environment.
The teacher’s role is to prepare the classroom, and observe and guide their students in their learning. As a result, children progress at their own pace, according to their own abilities.
Through work in the Montessori environment, children learn to develop concentration, self-discipline, and a love of learning.
Pinelands Montessori applies the Montessori way of teaching to help children achieve their full potential.
Finally, by valuing each child as an individual, we empower our students to become confident, independent learners.
The Montessori motto therefore is:
“Help me to do it myself.”