The Montessori Method is the result of the experiences and discoveries of
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870–1952). Maria Montessori observed that a child has
an “absorbent mind,” especially between the ages of three and six. She believed children should stay within a single classroom for three years to fully develop their conscious awareness of their whole selves. The older children mentor the younger children in the classroom. This boosts their confidence and emotional well-being while reinforcing what they already know.
The Montessori classroom uses concrete materials that are self-correcting and allow children to learn at their own pace. These materials help the child to see, touch, feel and freely explore their environments without the teacher’s intervention. The Montessori teacher provides individual instruction within set guidelines. The children learn self respect, respect for others and respect for their environment. Montessori methods and materials promote inner discipline and self-motivation.
The main focus of a Montessori teacher is to guide each child by providing a well-prepared environment. This environment fosters the creativity and the curiosity of the child and also bolsters the child’s self-esteem. The child is able to learn independently and with the help of his peers and teacher. Children receiving Montessori instruction excel academically and socially and gain the confidence they need to reach their fullest potential.
At Hilltop Montessori School, we have core beliefs as educators, which are listed below:
- Hilltop Montessori School maintains a commitment to the founding principles and philosophies of Montessori education.
- All children have an innate drive and ability to learn. The educational community should follow the child and meet each child’s needs.
- Each child has a preferred learning style and progresses at an individual rate. The teacher must assess the child in an ongoing way and facilitate growth by challenging the learner.
- The role of the teacher is to facilitate learning in a safe, secure, stimulating environment that promotes freedom of choice, encourages trial of new experiences and promotes learning.
- A successful educational experience requires participation of the child, parents, teachers and community.
- Parental involvement is integral to a child’s academic, social and emotional success.
- Each teacher has a commitment to growth that is exemplified by an ongoing personal development both in education theory and practice.
- Hilltop Montessori School seeks to promote environmental stewardship through curriculum elements and through its facility.