Overview and Philosophy
Free the child’s potential, and you will transform (them) into the world.” -Maria Montessori
The environment for children from the ages of 33 months to six years is known as the Children’s House. The Children’s House is divided into four distinct areas:
Practical Life: Children’s learn how to care for themselves and the environment by participating in activities such as food preparation, sweeping, and sewing.
Sensorial Development: Children develop skills in classification, clarification, and comprehension of the the world that surrounds them. This is done with activities and materials designed to engage the senses.
Language: Children are introduced to the alphabet and associated sounds. Language lessons include writing, sentence structure, and story structure. Reading materials explore grammar and language mechnices.
Math: A rich variety of math materials are used in lessons. These materials not only introduce ideas, but are used time and again to introduce new concepts and reinforce mathematical thinking. Students participate in lessons that guide them from the concrete to the abstract.
Instruction occurs one-on-one, and in small groups. Montessori materials and lessons are intentionally organized in a logical, sequential nature and are designed to enable the child to master specific skills. Children will have the opportunity to practice, or repeat, a lesson as many times as they desire. Lead Teachers in the classroom are trained to use observation to determine when a child is developmentally ready for a new lesson or lesson series. While children are not in lessons, they are free to choose work from the from the well-defined, beautiful, and organized areas of the environment. This freedom to choose their work develops independence, self discipline, curiosity, concentration, accountability, and a sense of accomplishment.
Main Square Montessori recognizes that each child has an individual path of development, and lessons will be presented in a way that supports each child’s unique development and potential.