From the Director:
The Montessori classroom is an environment which is carefully prepared by the teacher. 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 focus of activity in the Montessori setting is on children learning, not on teachers teaching. Generally students work individually or in small, self-selected groups. The Montessori method strives to give the child the independence and self confidence necessary to become life-long learners. The social and emotional growth of a child is crucial to the Montessori Method. The Montessori classroom is a safe and warm environment where children develop social skills and a sense of responsibility for their own behavior within the greather school community. The Montessori classroom is a comfortable, clean, safe and nurturing environment specifically tailored to encourage age-appropriate exploration and learning. The Montessori classroom is very different than the traditional model in that it is designed for active exploration by the child. The essential difference in theory from a traditional classroom is that instead of information passing from the teacher to the student, the teacher is putting the child in touch with the environment. The classroom is set up with centers for each of the five main areas of learning.