120 Finderne Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08844
"Montessori is a philosophy with the fundamental tenet that a child learns best within a social environment which supports each individual's unique development.
It is based on such premises as:
Children are to be respected as different from adults and as individuals who are different from one another.
Children create themselves through purposeful activity.
The most important years for learning are from birth to age six.
Children possess higher sensitivity and mental power for absorbing and learning from their environment than adults do.
Montessori Education is uniquely different from traditional education. It utilizes:
The "whole child" approach. The primary goal of a Montessori program is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation. The developmental curriculum, under the direction of a specially prepared teacher, allows the child to experience the joy of learning, time to enjoy the process and insure the development of self-esteem, and provides the experiences from which children create their knowledge.
The "Prepared Environment". In order for self-directed learning to take place, the whole learning environment room, materials and social climate must be supportive of the learner. The teacher provides necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive climate. The teacher thus gains the children's trust, which enables them to try new things and build self-confidence.
The Montessori materials. Dr. Montessori's observations of the kinds of things which children enjoy and go back to repeatedly, led her to design a number of multisensory, sequential and self-correcting materials which facilitate the learning of skills and lead to the learning of abstract ideas.
The Teacher, originally called a "Directress". The Montessori teacher functions as designer of the environment, resource person, role model, demonstrator, record keeper and meticulous observer of each child's behavior and growth.
Excerpted from the preschool's website