“Never let children risk failure until they have a reasonable chance of success”
– Maria Montessori
The Montessori philosophy provides a curriculum and environment in which each child will develop physically, intellectually and spiritually to his or her fullest potential. Children are introduced to the joy of learning at an early age and provided with a structured framework in which intellectual and social discipline goes hand-in-hand.
The schoolroom offers a “Prepared Environment” possessing a certain and specific order, which allows children to learn at their own speed and according to their own capacities in a non-competitive atmosphere. The teacher prepares the environment, directs the activity and offers the child stimulation; but it is the child who learns through structured activity (work) and is motivated through success to complete a given task. Each child has his/her own plan designed specifically for that child’s interests and needs. The plan follows the child, so that each child progresses at his/her own level of accomplishment and potential.
The result is the acquisition of an inner discipline by which learning is accomplished. Patterns of concentration, “stick-to-itiveness” and thoroughness are established producing confident, competent learners.