Montessori education involves free activity within a "prepared environment", meaning an educational environment tailored to basic human characteristics of children at different ages and to their individual personalities at specific milestones during their developmental stages. The function of the environment is to help and allow the child to develop independence in all areas according to his or her inner psychological directives.
In addition to offering access to the Montessori materials appropriate to the age of the children, an optimum “prepared environment” exhibits the following characteristics:
Classroom arrangement that facilitates order, movement and activity
Beauty and harmony, cleanliness of environment
Construction in proportion to the child and her/his needs
Limitation of materials, so that only material that supports the child's development is included
Nature in and outside of the classroom
At Mariposa Montessori we strive to create a learning opportunity where your child will build the foundation for every future educational experience, and more importantly, a framework for a happy and meaningful life. We hope to nurture the development of life-long learners who are:
Joyful, self-motivated, enthusiastic students
Better socialized and able to solve their conflicts
Fluent readers who are also able to understand mathematical concepts
In possession of natural self-esteem
Courteous, compassionate, and respectful in their interactions
The primary goal of Montessori education is to help children reach their full potential: where education is viewed not just as a means to an end, but as an aid to life; where the method for learning comes not from a curriculum, but from the natural development of the child; a place where creativity, innovation, and individuality are valued as much as concentration, motivation, and persistence; where your child is not just a student, but also a teacher.
For further information on the Montessori Method, please visit the American Montessori Society.