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What is the Montessori Method and Why Is It Ideal For Your Child?

Science has proven  Dr Montessori’s observations that children have the most absorbent minds from ages 0 – 6. During this time their capacity to retain information is at its highest. Based on these facts, a child entering an authentic Montessori environment is nurtured, guided, taught independence, and given the freedom to learn. This sets them up to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally over the course of their life. It also facilitates a lifelong love of learning.

If you are considering applying to Mosaic Montessori Academy, we encourage you to read more about the Montessori Method and our philosophy as a school.

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Mosaic Montessori is CCMA (Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators) accredited, and our staff carry the appropriate education from AMI or MACTE accredited institutions. Read more about our school leadership.

An Overview of the Montessori Method

Our schools foster a culture founded on the principles of the Montessori method:

  • Respect for self, peers, and teachers
  • Independence
  • Respect for the environment, both the one we create and the one we inhabit
  • Freedom within limits
  • Self Discipline and Self Motivation
  • Respect for knowledge, and the life-long process of acquiring it
  • The Montessori method builds confidence and self esteem. Your child enjoys and appreciates the successes that come with critical thinking, problem solving, artful expression, and the general exploration of ideas.

The Montessori method is about facilitating guided learning rather than directed learning.

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Delivering on the Montessori Method

Our classrooms are prepared with full range of authentic Montessori materials. You will find:

  • Specialized equipment unique to authentic Montessori schools
  • A learning environment prepared to encourage critical thinking and problem solving, with a focus on independance and freedom.
  • Staff trained in Montessori educational processes and philosophies
  • A distinctly varied and multicultural environment, where students can interact with and learn from each other

An individualized learning path is created for each student and is based on their existing development and their displayed aptitudes.  Children from age 0-6 years have absorbent minds: the child simply learns by being in an environment. This age is referred to as the First Plane of Development. See our page on Montessori planes of development for more information.

The Origins of the Montessori Method

Maria Montessori, the namesake of Montessori education and its creator, began developing the Montessori philosophy in 1897. Maria Montessori was Italy’s first female medical doctor and was quite notable for that achievement alone, though the Montessori Method would wind up being her lasting legacy.

Maria Montessori worked extensively as an educator with children from a wide variety of backgrounds. She observed that children had five tendencies: to move, to repeat, to explore, to refine, to process. From these observations she concluded that creating individualized learning programs, with combined age groups and collaborative instruction, facilitated a learning process that was open and desirable by students.

Maria worked extensively with children that had learning disabilities, and from 1896 until 1906 she acted as an educator and activist, advocating  for better education for intellectually challenged students and seeking new educational methods. She lectured frequently at the University of Rome on this and related subjects.

In 1906, Maria opened the Casa dei Bambini- the world’s first “Montessori” school. Her educational philosophies proved popular, with her second school opening in 1907. That success snowballed, with her educational philosophies – aka, the Montessori Method – gaining international acclaim and recognition.

Today, Montessori classrooms focus on providing the core principles that differentiate a Montessori classroom from a standard one. Learn more about Maria Montessori.

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