“The teacher has two tasks: to lead the children to concentration and to help them in their development afterwards
– Dr. Maria Montessori
About the Montessori Method
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered program of education based on scientific observation. Montessori’s teaching method has been used over 100 years and all over the world.
Montessori teaching starts from the premise that each child is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of joyful, self-directed learning in a supportive environment. Our focus is on the whole child: we foster children’s development physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.
Each age-level is unique, but there are several essential elements that you should expect in any Montessori school:
- Grouped-age classrooms: (Birth-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, 12-14)
- Students choosing their own activities within a range of options
- Uninterrupted blocks of time to promote the development of focus and concentration
- Students discovering concepts for themselves by working with materials and observing others instead of being lectured by a teacher
- Hands-on learning materials, specially designed to be self-correcting, often made out of natural materials such as wood
- A peaceful environment where materials are organized by subject area, within reach of the child, and are sized for children’s use
- Freedom of movement for the students within the classroom
- Trained Montessori teachers who follow the child and are highly experienced in observing the individual child’s characteristics, tendencies, talents and abilities
Montessori classrooms at all levels nurture each child’s individual strengths and interests. The Montessori Method of education encourages children to explore their world, and to understand and respect all life.
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Crystal Lake Montessori School
3013 S. Country Club Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098