Over 100 years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori observed that children learn best by doing. Her extensive and exacting research produced a teaching method which matches teaching styles to the intellectual, emotional, and social development of children. Modern research, found in Angeline Stall Lillard’s “Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius,” has validated Maria Montessori’s method. And it is an amazing method to watch.
Montessori classroom is a happy and joyful place for a child to be. Each child develops and learns at his/her own pace. The children are respected and in turn they learn to respect themselves, their peers, and their environment.
Academics are introduced to young children by means of concrete, hands on materials. As the children progress, the materials lead into the abstract.
Though academic achievement is usually very high among Montessori children, the true value lies in the development of self-discipline, self-mastery, and love of learning. Because unique and fascinating academic materials are available, most children begin to read and calculate at an early age.
Music, art, drama, and cultural studies are an integral part in the Montessori curriculum. They are carefully interwoven into the daily activities and projects essential to the ongoing development of the “whole child.”
The teachers prepare an environment that is appropriate for each age group. Materials are attractive and well kept. Art prints, animals, and plants, surrounded the child in a place where it becomes a joy to learn.
Students leave North Fork Montessori @ Crawford with a strong academic background and a quickened curiosity.
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