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Footprints Montessori

307 State Route 94
Vernon, NJ 07462

(973) 764-1666


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The basic idea in the Montessori philosophy of education is that every child carries unseen within him the man he will become. In order to develop his physical, intellectual, creative and spiritual powers to the fullest. He must have freedom -- a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. The world of the child, say the Montessori educators is full of sights and sounds which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, the child must gradually create order, and learn to distinguish among the impressions that assail his senses, slowly but surely gaining mastery of himself and his environment.
Dr. Maria Montessori developed what she called the "prepared environment" which already possesses a certain order and disposes the child to develop at his own speed, according to his own capacities, and in a noncompetitive atmosphere in his first school years. "Never let a child risk failure until he has a reasonable chance of success." said Dr. Montessori, understanding the necessity for the acquistion of a basic skill before it's use in a competitive learning situation. The years between three and six are the years that a child most easily learns the ground rules of human behaviors. These years can be constructively devoted to -- freeing the child through the acquistions of good manners and habits to take his place in his culture.
This child who has had the benefit of a Montessori environment is freer at a later age to devote himself more exclusively top the development of his intellectual faculties. The method by which children are taught in the Montessori School might well be "structured learning". Since the child has learned to work by himself, in the prepared environment, enjoying the presence of other children, but not working necessarily directly with them, the Montessori teacher is able to teach the child individually. The structure of Montessori learning involves the use of many materials with which the child may work individually. At every step of his learning, the teaching materials is designed to test his understanding and to correct his errors."
Excerpted from the preschool's website