Dr. Maria Montessori is the founder of the Montessori method of education. She started her first classroom “Casa dei Bambini” or Children’s House in 1907.
Montessori method of education stresses the importance of respecting children -
“Help me to help myself”.
Park Montessori strictly adheres to the Montessori method of education. Maria Montessori was the first woman in Italy to qualify as a physician. She developed the principle that was also to inform her general educational program: first, the education of the senses, then the education of the intellect. Maria Montessori developed a teaching program that enabled children to read and write. She sought to teach skills not by having children repeatedly try it, but by developing exercises that prepare them. These exercises would then be repeated: Looking becomes reading; touching becomes writing.
Montessori education is devoted to helping each child grow toward independence by building confidence, competence, self-esteem and respect for others. More than an approach to education, Montessori is an approach to life. The Montessori method respects children as self-directed individuals and fosters their growth toward independence and social responsibility, while creating a joyful, diverse and family-oriented community.
We Make the Difference Whittier Montessori is an authentic Montessori school. An authentic Montessori school is not a day care drop off factory. At our school you will find age appropriate self-correcting learning materials, teachers not only trained in state-mandated courses but also trained as Montessori teachers which usually requires an additional 2 years of training. Lastly you will find school leadership solely focused on providing a completely safe and warm environment for your child to develop his/her academic potential at an individual pace.
In a Montessori environment, children learn by exploring and manipulating specially designed materials. Each material teaches one concept or skill at a time, and lays a foundation from which students can comprehend increasingly abstract ideas.
Children work with materials at their own pace, repeating an exercise until it is mastered. The teacher may gently guide the process, but her goal is to inspire rather than instruct. Throughout the classroom, beautifully prepared, inviting curriculum areas contain a sequential array of lessons to be learned. As students work through the sequence, they build and expand on materials and lessons already mastered. And all the while they are developing qualities with which they will approach every future challenge: independence, creative thinking, and satisfaction in a job well done.