10904 Winterview Dr
Naples, FL 34109-1555
"Parents should understand that a Montessori school is neither a babysitting service nor a play school that prepares the child for traditional schooling. Rather, it is a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child's sensitive years, where she can absorb information from an enriched environment. A child who acquires the basic skills of reading and mathematics in this natural way has the advantage of beginning her education without drudgery, boredom, or discouragement. By pursuing her individual interests in a Montessori classroom, she gains an early enthusiasm for learning, which is the key to becoming a truly educated person. A child who misses the early years and/or leaves before completion of the Kindergarten year will not receive the optimum benefits and results from this program.
The basic idea in the Montessori philosophy of education is that every child carries unseen within himself or herself the man or woman he or she will become. In order to develop his physical, intellectual, and spiritual powers to the fullest, he must have freedom -- freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. The world of the child is full of sights and sounds which at first appear to be chaotic. From this chaos, the child must gradually create order and learn to distinguish among the impressions that assail his senses. Slowly but surely, he gains mastery of himself and his environment.
Dr. Maria Montessori developed what she called the "prepared environment," which already possesses a certain order and which disposed the child to develop at her own speed, according to her capacities. "Never let the child risk failure until he has a reasonable chance for success," said Dr. Montessori, understanding the necessity for the acquisition of a basic skill before its use in a competitive learning situation. The structure of Montessori learning involves the use of many materials with which the child may work individually. At every step of her learning, the teaching material is designed to test his understanding and to correct his errors.
The teacher prepares the environment, directs the activity, functions as a reference person and a role model, offers the child stimulation; but it is the child who learns, who is motivated through the work itself, to persist in her chosen task. If the Montessori child is free to learn, it is because he has acquired from his exposure to both physical and mental order, an "inner discipline." This is the core of Dr. Montessori's educational philosophy. School adjustment, though it may be a necessary condition for learning in a school room, is not the purpose of education. Patterns of concentration, "stick-to-it-ness," and thoroughness established in early childhood produce a confident learner in later years. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website