The “whole child” approach. The main goal of a Montessori nursery is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation. The holistic curriculum, under the direction of a specially prepared teacher, allows the child to experience the joy of learning, time to enjoy the process and insure the development of self-esteem, and provides the experiences from which children create their knowledge.

The “Prepared Environment.” In order for self-guided learning to take place, the whole learning environment – room, materials, and social ambience – must be supportive of the learner. The teacher provides necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe positive climate.

The teacher thus gains the children’s trust, which enables them to try new things and build self-confidence and self esteem .

The Montessori materials. Dr. Montessori’s scientific observations of the children led her to design a number of multisensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials. These facilitate learning which builds from the concrete to the abstract in constructing their knowledge

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