Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work in groups and individually to discover and explore knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential.
Montessori classrooms are beautifully crafted environments designed to meet the needs of children in a specific age range. Dr. Maria Montessori discovered that experiential learning in this type of classroom led to a deeper understanding of language, mathematics, science, music, social interactions and much more. Every material in a Montessori classroom supports an aspect of child development, creating a match between the child’s natural interests and the available activities
Children can learn through their own experience and at their own pace. They can respond at any moment to the natural curiosities that exist in all humans and build a solid foundation for life-long learning.
With 5 areas in a classroom: Sensorial, practical life, Language and arts, Mathematics and cultural science. Outpost Montessori will initially cater to the 3-6 year age group. The focus is on:
- Fostering the growth of functional independence, task persistence and self-regulation
- Promoting social development through respectful, clear communication and safe, natural consequences
- Containing a large variety of materials for the refinement of sensory perception and the development of literacy and mathematical understanding
- Offering opportunities for imaginative exploration leading to confident, creative self-expression
Montessori VS Conventional Schooling
The Montessori Method is an inclusive educational method that was formed by Dr. Maria Montessori in which it delves into the perception of children's preferred learning modalities as they develop. The classroom environment consists of attractive manipulatives, educational toys that involves children in academic learning.
Montessori Education Explained by Pediatric Neuropsychologist Dr. Steve Hughes
In February of 2013, I had the pleasure of visiting Napa Valley, California, to speak at St. Helena Montessori School (www.sthms.org). The growing campus was beautiful, and the school staff and community were gracious and inspiring. The next day, Alexander Heil from SHMS asked me a few questions about how I learned about Montessori, and how I saw research playing a role in supporting the future of Montessori education.