Why Choose a Montessori Education

How Montessori Differs from Traditional Schools

Unlike traditional preschools with a rolling curriculum, the child’s need for repetition and consistency is met in the Montessori classroom. Our curriculum is constant, and students move through lessons and skills as they are mastered. This approach leads to a deep understanding of subject matter and a solid knowledge base that children take with them into elementary school and beyond.

Montessori’s multi-age groupings are a hallmark of the methodology and present unique opportunities for both younger and older children. Mirroring the world beyond school, younger children spontaneously learn from older peers, while older students take the role of leader and reinforce learning by teaching their younger classmates concepts they have already mastered.

Lastly, Montessori children are not expected to learn by only listening, watching or reading. Rather, students will learn by utilizing all five senses, resulting in a deep love of learning, discovery, motivation and self discipline.

The Role of Teachers

The role of the teacher in Montessori is multi-faceted. First, our teachers must provide and maintain a well ordered, beautifully prepared environment that is suited to the developmental needs of the child. Second, teachers must play the role of guide, gently encouraging the children to move through the classroom’s various learning centers. Materials are presented through individual lessons in all subject matters, and a child’s progress, successes and challenges are tracked.

Third, our teachers must exemplify social graces and courtesies, language, and mannerisms that are expected of the children in the classroom. Lastly, a Montessori teacher is to be both an observer and a participant in the classroom, while simultaneously developing relationships with each child resulting in mutual respect and confidence.

Grace and Courtesy

In a day and age where less emphasis is placed on social graces and basic courtesy, the authentic Montessori experience stays true to the whole child and the development of productive, happy citizens. Our lessons of grace and courtesy teach the child under six how to conduct oneself in diverse social situations. These lessons are paramount in creating a harmonious classroom environment while preparing the child to properly and confidently join greater society.

Freedom and Responsibility

Throughout the day, children in Melrose Montessori’s authentic environment are offered the freedom to explore the classroom and responsibly choose from a selection of materials that has previously been presented to them by the teacher.  By offering choice in our classroom, children grow in confidence, independence and gain responsibility for one’s self and actions.

The Tangible Environment

Our classrooms are beautifully and meticulously prepared and equipped with a full range of materials unique to Montessori. These materials are sequential and selected based on developmental progress and needs. Each material is purposeful in its design and encourages the child to problem solve independently and reach conclusions without the intrusion of the teacher.

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The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.

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A day in the life of an AMI Montessori community of children aged 3-6 years of age.

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Since 1982 Michael Olaf Montessori has helped parents and teachers around the world understand and to support the full potential of the child.

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It is quite an interesting collection of people throughout history who have gone to Montessori schools, sent their children to Montessori schools, or supported this method of education in one way or another.

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