(Picture from Feild Trip to the St. Louis Science Center)What Is Montessori
The Montessori Method is a way about thinking about who children are. It is a philosophy that respects the unique individuality of each child. Dr. Montessori believed in the worthiness, value and importance of children. Her method does not compare a child to norms or standards that are measured by traditional educational systems. It is founded on the belief that children should be free to succeed and learn without restriction or criticism.
It is also an approach to education that takes to heart the needs, talents, gifts, and special individuality of each child. It is a process that helps children learn in their own way at their own pace. The main concept of Montessori is to promote the joy of learning. This joy of learning develops a well adjusted person who has a purpose and direction in his or her life. Children, who experience the joy of learning, are happy, confident, fulfilled children. In essence, Montessori helps bring forth the gift of each child.CertificationsI have been a teacher here at Washington Montessori Since August 2006. Since then I have learned what it means to educate the whole child. Shortly there after, I began to experience some of the benefits that the Montessori Method offers our students. Elated about these new developements , I couldnt wait to enroll in the Montessori Teacher Training Program and am now Certified as a Montessori instructor for ages 6-9 (Grades 2nd and 3rd.)