Developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1906, Montessori education is known throughout the world as a respected philosophy for educating and supporting the development of young children.
Along with the Montessori legacy of specific learning materials, children are supported as active learners in the classroom environment.
Montessori classrooms are divided into five main areas:
A child learns by doing. Practical life activities help the child learn to care for his/or herself and, care for and maintain the classroom environment. Practical life activities help the child develop concentration, attention to detail, as well as a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
A child learns through their senses. Sensorial materials are designed to promote developmental refinement such as motor coordination, visual discrimination, and sound. This foundational experiencing awakens the child to the sensory world and is indirect preparation for reading, writing and mathematics.
In the Language area, a child is introduced to the alphabet and phonic awareness. The Language materials are provided to the child at their level of interest and progress follows individual pace.
Mathematic materials are designed to guide a child through exploration to basic concepts. Initial materials explore quantity and symbols, and then the joining of the two. Emphasis is placed on understanding the process of mathematical concepts, allowing the child opportunity to gain a full understanding of concept meaning.
The cultural area of a Montessori program is designed to expand a child’s understanding of the world as a whole. All areas of culture are explored, such as geography, biology, ecology, and history. Dr. Montessori promoted that we are global citizens, and therefore should have an understanding about our role as global citizens. Cultural awareness includes our society’s impact on the environment and helping the child to understand they can make a difference. At Casa Bambini self-expression through the arts is valued and encouraged. The cultural enrichment component of the program includes music and art.