much different than the traditional model. Instead of the knowledge passing
from the teacher or the book to the student, the Montessori Teacher is
trained in putting the child in touch with a carefully designed classroom
environment. It's the role of the teacher to prepare, and continue to
prepare, the environment, to link the child to it through well-thought-out
environment is arranged according to subject areas. Children are always free
to move around the room instead of staying at desks. There is no limit to
how long a child can work with a piece of material. At any time of the day
all subjects can be studied, at all levels.
the age of six, a child learns from direct contact with the environment, by
all means of all senses, and through movement. The child literally absorbs
what is the environment. Sensorial-manipulative materials enable the child
to gain learning experiences and move from the concrete to the abstract.
all ages children must be introduced to materials and lessons in all areas.
Only what a child experiences, can he learn. Thus, the school must provide a
rich, stimulating curriculum.
special principle of the Montessori philosophy is that children also learn
by observing and teaching others. Every Montessori class consists of mixed
age groups. The younger children are free to watch the older ones, while the
older children may, if they wish, teach the younger ones. A co-operative
atmoshere rather than a competitive is encouraged in the classroom.
in Montessori classes learn according to their own developmental time limit.
Tey are expected to make responsible choices for their learning and to use
their freedom well. Children appreciate the respect they are given and
become mature individuals who love to learn.