"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn." Dr. Maria Montessori
This video was created by the American Montessori Society, and gives a great deal perspective from the parents' point of view
The child in the video is 4 years old. This is his 3 hour morning work cycle at Dundas Valley Montessori School in Ontario.
Trevor Eissler "Montessori Madness!"
This inspirational video goes over the philosophical differences between public and Montessori schools.
The Parent Perspective
Preschool and Childcare
What happens during a 3 hour work cycle?
Our mission is to guide, nurture and impart good knowledge, which will build a healthy body and mind with a positive mental attitude.
Our goal is to draw out creative, discerning, respectful, kind, mindful, confident, bright and happy individuals.
Our environment stimulates creative thinking and intellectual growth. It encourages children’s natural joy and imagination.
We think of the body and the mind as a garden, and the seeds that are planted in the garden are sown with every impression we receive – they mold our behaviour and view of the world. Every time we are given positive, affirming messages we grow, but when negative, hurtful impressions come, we recoil. Just as a plant needs nourishing, supportive soil free from danger and poisons, and healthy external stimuli, so do we.
Children are like a canvas, absorbing paint and colours easily, and they will pick up, imitate, and learn from all the influences they are exposed to, imbibing knowledge from their parents, teachers, surrounding environment, and friends. They are amazing conduits of energy and positivity, and we can gain much from observing their intrinsic nature.
The deeper the roots the higher the reach.