Florida Montessori Campus Tour
Each Montessori class, from toddlers through high school, operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Every program has its set of ground rules which differs from age to age, but is always based on core Montessori beliefs – respect for each other, and for the environment. Children are free to work at their own pace, either alone or with others, with materials they have chosen. The teacher relies on his or her observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials he may introduce to an individual child or to a small or large group. The aim is to encourage active, self directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.
Montessori is a philosophy with the fundamental tenet that a child learns best within a social environment which supports each individual’s unique development. Creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of acceptance and trust. Montessorians recognize that each child, from toddler to teenager, learns and expresses himself in a very individual way. Music, art, storytelling, movement, and drama are part of every American Montessori program, but there are other things particular to the Montessori environment which encourages creative development: many materials which stimulate interest and involvement; and emphasis on the sensory aspect of experience; and the opportunity for both verbal and non-verbal modes of learning.