The main goal of a Montessori program is to help every child reach his/ her full potential in all areas of life. The Montessori environment and materials promote the development of physical coordination, emotional growth, social skills, and cognitive preparation. The hands-on curriculum allows the child to experience the joy of learning and to develop self-esteem as well as independence.
The Montessori teacher functions as a guide to learning. Being a role model and respecting each and every child as a unique individual is the approach used to nurture the development of the child. Through careful observation, the teacher is able to determine which new materials to introduce to best aid in a child's growth and development.
Dr. Maria Montessori designed a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials after careful observation of the kinds of activities and manipulative that children enjoy and encourage self-directed learning. These materials facilitate the learning of many skills and concepts that children carry with them throughout their life.
Each Montessori classroom environment operates on the principle of freedom within limits. The ground guidelines are based on the fundamental Montessori beliefs of respect for self, respect for each other, and respect for the environment. Through this, the children are able to function and “work” in a safe, nurturing, and positive climate.