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Loving Arms Montessori
A Christian Montessori School
" Developing Future Leaders"
What is the Montessori Method of Education?
The Montessori Method of education is characterized by an environment designed to stimulate the child's interest and facilitate their understand and learning through interaction with the environment. In most preschools and schools children are taught in a group by a teachers. In a Montessori environment children are led to learn concepts as they work with the many materials in the environment.
Who created the Montessori Method?
Born in 1870, Maria Montessori was the first woman to practice medicine in Italy, having graduated from Medical School at the University of Rome in 1896. As a physician, Dr. Montessori was in touch with young children and became profoundly interested in their development. Through careful and exhaustive scrutiny, she realized that children construct their own personalities as they interact with their environment. She also observed the manner in which they learned as they spontaneously chose and worked with the auto didactic materials she provided. Based on her observations Montessori developed unique materials, a child-centered environment, and was the first person to revolutionize educational thought and practice by stressing respect for the child, freedom of expression, self-education and training, through the use of movement and the senses. Her approach to education stemmed from a solid grounding in biology, psychiatry, and anthropology. She studied children of all races and culture in many countries around the world. Soon seeing the universality of the laws of human development played out before her. She continued her observations throughout her life, widening and deepening her understanding until her death in 1952.
What is a Montessori Environment?
The Montessori environment is a child size world. By careful selection of educational materials and furniture, an environment is set up that allows the child a place to explore life on a level s/he can understand. The materials are designed to stimulate exploration. The prepared environment is designed to entice the child to process at his/er own pace from simple activities to more complex ones. Through this process we seek to address the child's natural curiosity so s/he can experience joy in discovering the world.
Loving Arms Montessori does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin.