Trained Montessori Teachers – A properly trained Montessori Teacher understands and respects the importance of allowing children to develop naturally. An important part of the teachers’ duties are to observe children and introduce them to developmentally appropriate lessons and materials based on each child’s interests and abilities.
The trained teacher not only has an understanding of Montessori Philosophy but also understands the progression of the materials and how to present them properly.
The Multi – Age Classroom – In Montessori Classrooms children are grouped together with children of other ages with the purpose of allowing younger children to learn from the older children and to give the older children a chance to become a helper and leader within the environment. Older children are able to reinforce their own skills when teaching it to a younger child and the younger child gains knowledge while observing the older children. This creates a family-like community within the classroom.
Uninterrupted Work Periods – In Montessori Classrooms, the children have an extended period of “work time” or “free choice” in the classroom. During this time children have time to freely work through a variety of skills, tasks and responsibilities without feeling rushed. This work period allows time daily for the child to build concentration, independence, coordination and academic skills.
Grace and Courtesy – Grace and Courtesy is an important element to the Montessori Environment. As adults we want children to be polite, respectful and kind. Children are not born with these skills but they can be taught.
Children ages 2 1/2 – 6r are in their sensitive period for learning these skills. In Montessori, we teach these kinds of skills through modeling, role playing and real life practice. Some examples of Grace and Courtesy Lessons that are taught in the Montessori environment include:
– How to push in a chair
– Greeting someone
– How to blow nose
– Proper hand washing
– Saying please, thank you, excuse me
– Using a quiet voice
– Walking inside
– Carrying materials with two hands
– Solving a disagreement