The Montessori Method quickly developed all over the world, and the approach is used in over 110 countries worldwide. The success of the method is largely due to the materials used within the “prepared environment”, which includes trained teachers to guide and present the program to the children within a multi-aged classroom, which is a very important part of the Montessori setting.
The Montessori method is a holistic approach for the development of the child. Children within the prepared environment play with a purpose to learn! It recognizes the social nature of learning and understanding that the child absorbs an idea through active sensory experiences. It promotes communication through visual observation and language which plays a very important role in gaining knowledge.
Through the child’s experiences at Durham Montessori School and Daycare, teachers observe, assess, and evaluate the child’s progress. In doing so, the teacher makes appropriate learning decisions to guide the child and move forward in their holistic development. Our program believes that open communication between the teachers and parents play an integral role in the child’s developmental process. When teachers and parents communicate and collaborate their knowledge and experiences of their child, they create a climate of respect, accomplishment and happiness for the child and will set the most seamless environment for a healthy child.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed in the immense capabilities of each child. Her brilliant method that she modeled throughout her life, and with the materials she used in her classrooms, embedded the freedom and support children needed to question and make connections towards understanding topics and concepts. Children in the prepared environment became confident, enthusiastic, and self-directed learners. They think critically, work collaboratively, and acquire a skill set that allows them to thrive in the 21 centuries!