Montessori ONE provided a creative, safe learning environment for our daughter in preschool and in Kindergarten. Her teachers were caring and thoughtful, and the founder/director firmly steered the school with room for flexibility. We look forward to our son starting preschool at Montessori ONE this fall, and after a year’s hiatus in public school our daughter will return to Montessori ONE for elementary. We can’t wait for our homecoming to this well-rounded, teach-to-the-child, educational environment.
- N. Bauman
Montessori is a way of being. It does not stop and start at specific times or occur only indoors. The entire building becomes the learning environment and is available to them at all times. Children have access to quality Montessori environments throughout the day. Outdoor environments are also used as rich learning experiences for children. Activities are purposeful, real and explorative. The Montessori environment is orderly and structures to facilitate the child to make choices for their learning. Learning materials are displayed on accessible shelves, fostering independence as children go about their work, conveying sense of harmony and order that promotes comfort and inspiration! The learning material is attractive and aesthetically pleasing, clean, complete and organized. The classroom is beautiful and inviting with lots of natural light and uncluttered spaces.
Children take the initiative to actively care for each other and their environment. Dr. Montessori regarded education as “preparation for life,” not only as academic preparation. Thus the Montessori environment is rich with learning opportunities for children to explore their culture and the world.
Social, emotional, and spiritual learning experiences are valued as highly as intellectual learning experiences. The classroom radiates harmony and respect. The learning environment is prepared with each community of children in mind, and the selection of activities available is constantly modified to meet the changing needs, interest, and abilities of the children. Montessori children enjoy freedom of movement and choice; however, their freedom always exists within carefully defined limits on the range of their behavior. Children are able to understand that with the freedom of choice comes a large responsibility to their own learning and to the learning of the group.
It is common to see children of different ages working together. Older children enjoy mentoring their younger classmates. Younger ones look up to the older children as mentors and role models in the classroom.
Children show grace and courtesy and an interest in the welfare of others. They work together as stewards of their environment. They take turns caring for the classroom and do their part to maintain order. How to live in community, to learn independently, to think constructively and creatively… these are the lessons of the Montessori classroom that remain with them as they make their way into the world.
Montessori children learn through their experiences how to offer and receive help. Their growing understanding of the needs of others allows them to grow into competent, empathetic leaders in the community. They learn that to help others brings a great feeling of satisfaction and achievement. Sharing what we have with others, whether our time or resources, benefits both the giver and the receiver. Giving to others and sharing becomes a joy experience and a habit. Eventually, they take this sense of service into the world.