Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
"Dr. Maria Montessori realized that young children are not miniature adults, nor imperfect beings because they are small. She saw them as developing beings, growing into men and women who will largely reflect their upbringing. Dr. Montessori felt that an atmosphere which enables a child to develop into a mature adult, realizing his full potential each step of the way, is best for the child. She created a “prepared environment,” where there is an atmosphere which answers the particular needs of small children as they strive for independence and intellectual growth. The Montessori Academy of New Jersey is such a place. It is furnished with child-sized furniture and the famous “didactic apparatus.” Today's educators call learning tools “hardware,” but they know, as did Dr. Montessori ninety years ago, that children must have real things to see, touch, hear and smell. Dr. Montesson recognized the importance of providing for structure in a learning situation of the is to be meaningful to children. Her materials are designed to allow each child, in his own time, to advance logically from one concept to the next. Because much of the Montessori material is self-correcting, the very young child has the satisfaction of “getting it right” by himself. In this setting, children have a maximum opportunity to develop their independence, self-reliance, self-esteem and confidence. Their sense of order, dexterity, and sensory motor development are also enhanced when they are free to move the furnishings and materials, as well as themselves, freely about their own “house.”
This is the freedom Dr. Montessori considered essential to learning. The other side of her “liberty within limits” coin is self-discipline. Each child follows her own bent provided she does not disturb others or abuse the material. Children are free to form groups spontaneously, but a child happily engaged in a private project is left alone.
Montessori education does not end with the preschool experience. It continues into the child's elementary and often adolescent years, constantly building upon itself the changing developmental needs of the child. Maria Montessori wrote, “The successive levels of education must conform to the successive personalities of the child.” As the elementary-aged child gradually moves from the concrete learning pathways of preschool to the more abstract ones of the elementary, Montesson meets her developmental needs each step of the way.
The teachers at The Montessori Academy of New Jersey are trained and experienced in the Montessori Method. Their primary responsibility is to ensure the continuing development of each child. They set the stage, provide the correct props and leave the child free to learn.
“Not in the service of any political or social creed should the teacher work, but in the service of the complete human being, able to exercise in freedom a self disciplined will and judgment, unperfected by prejudice and undistorted by fear.” Dr. Maria Montessori
To provide an environment that enables a child to develop into a mature adult and realize his full potential.
To provide an environment that will assist the child's endeavors toward independence and intellectual growth.
To provide the opportunity for the child to develop self-reliance, self-esteem and confidence, as well as her sense of order, dexterity and sensory motor skills.
To provide an atmosphere of freedom within limits so that a child can develop self-discipline.
To provide an atmosphere that will aid the child's development of respect for himself, others, his environment and the whole world.
To help the child involved in the Childcare Program to know a consistency of development between the classroom environment and the Childcare environment."
Excerpted from the preschool's website