The Montessori Program

What is a Montessori Education?
Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work.  The Children's innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult.  Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline.  Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.

The Benefits of a Montessori Early Childhood Education
  • The Montessori method is a model which serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability as they live and learn in a natural mixed age group.  The mixed age group mirrors the society they will live in as adults.
  • Montessori practice is up to date and dynamic because evaluation and meeting of needs is continual and specific for each child.  Children grow in excitement, strive to play and work with enthusiasm to learn and create.  They exhibit a desire to teach, help, and care for others and the environment.
  • The high level of academic achievement so common in Montessori classrooms is a natural outcome of experience provided by the supportive environment.

Hands on Learning

Specially designed learning materials replace conventional toys.  They are self-correcting, permitting the child to solve a problem, adding the joy of discovery to the process of learning.  Education takes place without drudgery, boredom, or discouragement.
 
Cylinder Blocks
 
Montessori activities and materials are divided into four categories:

1.Practical Life   
2.Sensorial   
3.Language and Math   
4.Science, Culture and Art

 
1. Practical Life
Practical life materials enable children to enjoy and practice adult behaviors such as personal care, dressing, and housekeeping.







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Washing dishes
 

"We must support as much as possible the child's desires for activity; not wait on him, but educate him to be independent."   Dr. Maria Montessori
 

2. Sensorial
Sensorial material help refine senses of smell, touch, taste, sight and hearing.  Distinct sensorial impressions help children categorize, label and understand their experiences.













 Sandpaper Letters


 
"The education of the senses makes men observers."  Dr. Maria Montessori


3.Language and Math

Academic materials are a progression from the concrete nature of sensory exploration to the more abstract concepts of language, writing, math and science.


Association of Figures with Quantities
 
Reading Activity


Constructive Triangles


"Character formation cannot be taught.  It comes from experience and not from explanation."  Dr. Maria Montessori

4. Science, Culture, and Art
Cultural and artistic materials deal with self-expression and the communication of ideas.
 
Painting



We at Mohawk Valley Montessori, in keeping with the Montessori principles, are committed to building a diverse, positive, nurturing and peaceful community in order to inspire personal and academic excellence.