Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori passionately believed that children must be educated creatively and respectfully.

 

Cosmic Education

Montessori education is often referred to as cosmic education. The children will hear five stories during the elementary years known as the Great Lessons. The Great Lessons are connected stories that span the enormous historical frames of time and space. From this core of story frameworks emanate the details of the disciplines: science, mathematics, social studies, language and religion (Catechesis of The Good Shepherd). The stories provide an overview; the children then investigate the disciplines in detail. Because the unifying thread of the Great Lessons, no subject is studied in isolation from the other. Knowledge is intertwined even though discrete in its parts.

The Montessori Philosphy

Montessori is a fundamental belief that a child learns best within a social environment which supports each individual’s unique development. Children are to be respected as different from adults and as individuals who are different from one another. Children create through purposeful activity and possess unusual sensitivity and mental powers for absorbing and learning from their environment, which includes people as well as materials.

This approach to teaching is based on RESPECT for the child with an aim to help the child help himself or herself to acquire the characteristics necessary to become a happy, mature and contributing adult.

Montessori schools have a very different set of priorities than traditional schools. Montessori students tend to become self-confident, independent thinkers who learn because they are interested in the world and enthusiastic about life, not simply to get a good grade. Montessori schools seek to develop culturally literate children and nurture their fragile sparks of curiosity, creativity, and intelligence.

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