Montessori education is fundamentally an approach based on a basic framework of human development. The model has two basic principles. First, children and developing adults engage in psychological self-construction by means of interaction with their environments. Second, children, especially under the age of six, have an innate path of psychological development.
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/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 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 the classroom and outside of the classroom
At Mariposa, we strive to create a learning opportunity where your child will lay 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
Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn. Based on her observations, Dr. Montessori believed that children who are at liberty to choose and act freely, within an environment prepared per her model, would act spontaneously to ensure their optimal development.
Dr. Montessori opened her first classroom, the Casa dei Bambini in Rome, Italy in 1907. Her pedagogy is now implemented and celebrated around the world. Mariposa is proud to belong to the family of about 4,500 Montessori schools in the United States and about 20,000 schools worldwide.
For further information on the Montessori Method, please visit the American Montessori Society.