The Montessori concept of education allows the children to experience the joy of learning at an early age while preserving the spontaneity, initiative, and curiosity inherent in every child. This concept promotes the development of independence, concentration, and self- discipline and fosters love and respect for others and the environment.
The Montessori classroom is a child’s world geared to the size, the pace and interest of children between the ages of two and six.
The Montessori teacher is trained to recognize periods of readiness in a child. Sometimes she must divert a child who is hesitant. Whenever a child makes a mistake, she refrains if possible from intervening and allows him to discover his own error through further manipulation of self correcting materials.
There is always a busy hum of activity in a Montessori classroom because of the use of the materials involved. If a child misbehaves in the classroom the teacher usually helps him to select work which will more fully absorb his attention.
Having children ages three to six together permits the younger children models for imitation and the older children an opportunity to reinforce their own knowledge by helping the younger ones.