MONTESSORI CHILDREN’S HOUSE OF LONGVIEW
In a Montessori classroom the teacher gives each child their lessons individually from several areas of the classroom, such as language, math, art, sensorial, practical life and geography. A Montessori classroom gives children the freedom necessary to develop their differences that make them a unique individual. Montessori education compliments the universal qualities of all children.
Montessori Children’s House of Longview recognizes that children are motivated by an innate curiosity, a love for learning, and a desire to participate in the world around them. By creating an environment that meets children’s needs we will encourage independent thinking and problem solving skills. By recognizing children’s unique developmental stages we will foster socially and emotionally secure children who have a greater capacity for love and compassion in the world.
WHAT IS MONTESSORI?
In 1906, Maria Montessori created Montessori education in the slums of Rome, Italy. Dr. Montessori was a medical doctor who, after years of observing children, discovered that they passed through various stages of development. She discovered that while in each stage, children were able to learn effortlessly whatever it was that interested them. She recognized that children need freedom to explore without interruption. With this in mind she trained people to observe and guide, rather than teach the children. Dr. Montessori also created various materials for the children to use, which would satisfy their needs and curiosities while in each stage of development.
Maria Montessori observed that all children pass through stages of development throughout their lives. She believed that from birth to 6 years, whatever the child was exposed to, his mind would absorb. This she named the Absorbent Mind stage. She believed that from birth to 3 the child had no control over what he absorbed, but between the ages of 3 and 6 the child could choose what he wanted to learn and absorb it effortlessly. From age 7 onwards the child’s mind had matured so that learning would require conscious effort as it does with adults.
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