The Montessori philosophy inspires:

Love for learning: Children are free to explore topics that interest them and learn at their own pace. This does not mean that children can do whatever they want. Carefully designed materials are provided for them to be used properly. The Montessori teacher’s job is to guide children as they learn to use these materials. The hands-on materials keep little hands and minds engaged.

Independence: In a Montessori classroom children quickly learn to accomplish many “grown-up” tasks like cutting up vegetables for a snack, putting on their own coats, and pouring their own glasses of water.

Movement: Children can choose where they would like to learn. They can spread out on the floor or pull a chair over to a secluded corner. In many Montessori classrooms, children can take their work outside. Children learn to move their bodies carefully and with precision as they take care of the materials and their classroom.

Peaceful relationships: Peace is emphasized continually in Montessori classrooms. Becoming peaceful people means showing respect for other children who are working as well as learning about the diverse world we live in.

Self-motivation and self-control: Because children are free to select their own work, they are motivated by their own desires. Montessori children are known for their willingness to work at school and at home.

Appreciation of nature: Outside exploration is essential to the Montessori classroom. Children learn about their world through hands-on experiences in a garden and through materials that introduce topics ranging from types of leaves to landforms.

Pride in one’s accomplishments: In a Montessori classroom, the reward is the experience of doing something new. As students learn more and more, they will be introduced to new and more challenging materials. They are not working to earn a grade; they are working to accomplish a task with their own two hands.

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