International Montessori School Vision


Philosophy

The basic idea in the Montessori philosophy of education is that all children carry within themselves the person they will become. In order to develop physical, intellectual, and spiritual potential to the fullest, the child must have freedom; a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. The worlds of the child, say Montessori educators, is full of sights and sounds which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos children must gradually create order, learn to distinguish among the impressions and their environment.

Dr. Montessori developed what she called the Prepared Environment. This already possesses a certain order and allows children to learn at their own speed, according to their own capacities and in non-competitive atmosphere “never let children risk failure until they have a reasonable chance of success.” The years between three and six are the years in which children learn the rules of human behavior most easily. These years can be constructively devoted to “civilizing” children, freeing them through the acquisition of good manners and habits, to take their places in their culture.

Dr. Montessori has recognized that the only valid impulse to learning is the self-motivation of the child. Children move themselves toward learning. The teacher prepares the environment, directs the activity, and offers the (not solely by the teacher’s personality) to persist in a given task. If Montessori children are free to learn, it is because they have acquired an “inner discipline” from their exposure to both physical and mental order.

This is the core of Dr. Montessori’s philosophy. Social adjustment, through a necessary condition in a schoolroom, is not the purpose of education. Patterns of concentration, “stick-to-itiveness” and thoroughness, established in early childhood, produce a confident, competent learner in later years. Montessori teaches children to observe, to think, to judge. It introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which intellectual and social discipline go hand-in-hand.


Goals and Objectives

The main objective of the International Montessori School is

to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help children develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills, and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning,

The specific goals for the children who attend the School are:

To develop a positive attitude toward the School and learning.

To develop a sense of high self-esteem.

To build habits of concentration for lifelong study skills.

To develop and foster an abiding curiosity.

To develop habits of initiative and persistence.

To foster inner discipline and a sense of order.

To develop sensory-motor skills in order to sharpen the ability to discriminate and judge.

To develop socially-acceptable behavior.

To acquire the basic skills necessary for a lifetime of learning.

To help develop each child’s innate, ultimate potential through high self-expectations.


Communication

A good Communication with your child’s teacher is highly desirable for questions that may arise. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled throughout the year for this purpose. A monthly note will be posted on our website to inform the parents about school current events.