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Published on Sep 5, 2013
The Montessori Method is an inclusive educational method that was formed by Dr. Maria Montessori in which it delves into the perception of children's preferred learning modalities as they develop. The classroom environment consists of attractive manipulatives, educational toys that involves children in academic learning. "The Montessori classroom is a "prepared environment" planned in advance to support independent, student initiated work." In the classroom, children are free to select manipulative's of their preference and through curiosity and innate interest engage in learning activities of their own individual choice. In the traditional Montessori environment, children manipulate objects and discover the joy of learning while a teacher guides them and "... by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning."
The traditional classroom setting consists of a teacher assigned to a group of students. Rather than guiding children through learning, the teacher's role is to instruct students. The job of the teacher is to provide each student with a firm foundation and enrich their minds by teaching the grade level standards. In this setting, the teacher delivers curriculum from textbooks, with an outline of the lesson to be taught that day. The students are seated in chairs or tables, either working by themselves or in collaborative groups, contingent on the set up of the classroom. In this setting, there exists a variety of learners however the teacher teaches from a whole group perspective. The outcome of student learning relies heavily on assessments, or tests. Rather than constructively learning through manipulating their environment, the students in this setting are taught in a very structured environment.
Ten years ago, I remember dropping off our daughter for her first day of school at Toronto French Montessori School, all dressed up in her new uniform. Madame Marie was there to greet every student. She quickly made friends, coming home each day after school excited about her day.
As a parent, you want the best for your children, the learning environment and safety of the school is what drew me to the school in the first place...
The Toronto French Montessori School follows a method of teaching based on the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Conceptualized more than 100 years ago, it emphasizes and develops the potential of each child through the utilization of special teaching materials, a prepared environment, and teachers with a solid understanding of the philosophy who have been trained in the use of Montessori materials.
“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.
Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.
We do not want complacent pupils, but eager ones. We seek to sow life in the child, rather than theories, to help him in his growth - mental and emotional, as well as physical - and for that we must offer grand and lofty ideas to the human mind."
Dr. Maria Montessori
The past 15 years have been years of growth and change for the school. We have much to look forward to as we continue to grow to meet the needs of our students in the future. The challenge before us is to maintain the spirit of faith and hope, and further develop the sense of family, all of which are integral parts of this school.
Looking at our school today, I am reminded that the progress achieved is due in part to the pioneering spirit...