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In addition to the rich, academic curriculum, the Montessori method nurtures independence, self-direction, the ability to choose, follow through and take responsibility; characteristics that serve one throughout a lifetime.  

The Montessori Method:

Maria Montessori developed the method based upon her observations of children during her years as a physician and later as an educator. The method employs observation and the presentation of a series of carefully developed materials designed to discover the most effective ways in which to assist each child's development to full potential. In this method the teacher is more of a passive than an active influence. She is to "give a ray of light and go on her way." A material is presented to a child who has shown an interest, and/or who is determined by the teacher to be developmentally ready for the lesson. Care is given "not to make the child feel that he/she has made a mistake or is not understood." The role of the teacher is to inspire the natural curiosity of of each child.

The Montessori Environment:

Observations and lessons take place in a carefully prepared environment containing materials designed to assist the child in his/her development and to be his/her own teacher. In this environment each child has the freedom to unfold naturally and learn self-discipline and responsibility through movement and interaction with the materials and the people who share the environment with him/her. Materials in each of five curriculum areas are sequenced in order of difficulty and coincide with the sequence of development in all children. Each child works through the sequence in his/ her own way and time according to his/her own nature.