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Montessori Philosophy

Little Genius Montessori Practices in preschool are based on the Maria Montessori Philosophy.

What is the Montessori Method?

Montessori Method helps children to grow and fully develop the social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive parts of the child. It involves hands on teaching, encouraging children to develop their observation skills. Activities enable children to make use of their five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and large motor co-ordination.

The Principles are applied to an individual, not to a class of children, that there is continual possibility of development for each child according to his or her own progress and to his or her own individual potentiality.

What do children really get out of Montessori? What are the benefits of early childhood education?

The Montessori approach is often described as an “education for life.”

Montessori schools work to develop culturally literate children and nurture their curiosity, creativity and intelligence. They have a very different set of priorities from traditional schools and very low regard of mindless memorization and superficial learning.

Montessori schools are different, but it isn’t just because of the materials that are used in the classrooms. The classroom is a place where children really want to be, because it feels a lot like home.

We focus on five areas of the Montessori Curriculum:

  • Practical life – Enhance the development of control and movement, sequencing and concentration through inviting and purposeful work.
  • Sensorial – Enable child to order, classify and describe sense experiences such as dimension, color, texture, sound and sight.
  • Mathematics – Makes use of manipulative materials to help the child gain and understanding of the concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.
  • Language – Includes oral language development, written expression, reading, elements of grammar, and literature.
  • Music and Arts – Are vehicles for self-expression as well as areas around which to build appreciation for other modes of communication.

Schedules for Early Childhood Development Programs

There are two work periods each day. Adults and children respect each other’s concentration and do not interrupt. The school is sensitive to the fact that children mature at very different rates. Periods of readiness for academic subjects vary. In the Montessori classroom every child can work freely, at his own pace in a neat, non-competitive atmosphere.

Teachers at the Best Child Care Facilities in California

Teachers at Little Genius Montessori Teachers have completed college degrees, and have earned Montessori diplomas. Through skill and observation, the teacher’s role is to introduce academic materials, lead group activities, facilitate social skills, and intervene when appropriate to correct errors in a sensitive and loving manner.

Montessori material is used to teach the child to concentrate, coordinate, order and become independent and responsible.

Students will work individually or in small, self selected groups. There will be very few whole group lessons. Students will progress at their own pace, moving on to the next step in each area of learning. As Montessori classrooms are communities of children and parents, we encourage parents to participate in child activities.

All teachers at Little Genius Montessori are Montessori trained teachers.