The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’.
- Dr Maria Montessori
Your Child’s Development
The foundation of the Montessori method of education is the Four Planes of Development. At each plane, the associated human tendencies and characteristics inform how one can best prepare an environment for optimal learning.
“I have found that in his development, the child passes through certain phases, each of which has its own particular needs. The characteristics of each are so different that the passages from one phase to another have been described by certain psychologists as ‘rebirths’.”
~ Dr. Maria Montessori (The Four Planes of Education, page 1)
All parents hope to find the best educational program for their children. And they recognize the lasting impact that early learning experiences have on a child’s development and future learning. What is it about the Montessori philosophy and practice that is so appealing to parents?
For more than a century, Montessori has been thriving around the globe, and contemporary research validates the effectiveness of the Montessori Method. Several key elements of the approach meet the educational goals today’s parents have for their children, including growing into capable people who will be have a strong sense of self, the ability to connect with others, and the potential to be productive throughout their lives. With Montessori, that growth starts early. The early years (birth through age 6) are a critical time to set a strong foundation for who a child will become and the role she or he will play in the future.
Montessori education develops students who are capable, accountable, knowledgeable people who have the strong sense of self they will need to thrive in the real world.
The concepts of the Montessori approach to education are elegant in their simplicity, yet based on a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between human development, learning, and environment. After studying children in a variety of countries and from a number of different cultures and backgrounds, Dr. Montessori came to the conclusion that the human mind is constructed to organize and learn from the environment. Based on this recognition, she developed a prepared environment carefully designed to support the young child’s “absorbent mind” and to assist their complete development.
If a school is recognized by AMI, your child will be engaged in the authentic Montessori experience developed by Maria Montessori. Schools with an AMI Certificate of Recognition have undergone a rigorous review process. When you visit an AMI Montessori school, regardless of location, you will see the same standards applied.
CMS Montessori Experience
- Includes one CMS trained teacher at the appropriate age level for each class.
- Features a mixed, three-year age group in each class.
- Has an appropriate number of children to ensure social development.
- Is driven by a three-hour uninterrupted work period in the morning and at least two hours in the afternoon.
- Has a complete set of materials for each class from a manufacturer authorized by CMS
The Montessori Method nurtures order, coordination, concentration, and independence in children from the moment they enter the classroom. Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the student’s emerging self-regulation—the ability to educate oneself, and to think about what one is learning—from toddlers through adolescents. The sequence of Montessori lessons aligns well, and in many cases exceeds, state learning standards, ensuring that children are introduced to complex learning concepts through hands-on experiences that leads to deep understanding.
The Montessori curriculum is intentionally grouped into 3-year cycles, rather than broken out into year-by-year expectations for student learning. This respects the fact that children develop and master academic topics at different speeds, and that in reality, children often work in particular content areas in spurts. The teacher supports the child’s growth through all areas of the curriculum to ensure that he or she is exposed to the full sequence of lessons in each area and to provide support and new challenge as needed.