Goals of a Montessori School

Developing a positive attitude toward school: Most of the learning activities are individualized; ie: each child engages in a learning task that particularly appeals to them, because they find the activities geared to their needs and level of readiness.  Consequently, they work at their own rate, repeating the task as often as they like , thus experiencing a series of successful achievements.  In this manner, the child builds a positive attitude toward learning.

Helping Each Child develop self-confidence: In the Montessori school, tasks are designed so that each new step is built upon what the child has already mastered, thus removing the negative experience of frequent failure.  A carefully planned series of successes builds upon inner confidence in the child, assuring them that they can learn by themselves. These confidence building activities likewise contribute to the child’s healthy emotional development.

Assisting each child in building a habit of concentration: Effective learning presupposes the ability to listen carefully and to attend to what is said or demonstrated.  Through a series of absorbing experiences , the child forms habits of extended attention, thus increasing their ability to concentrate.

Fostering an abiding curiosity: In a rapidly changing society, we will all be students at some time in our lives.  A deep, persistent and abiding curiosity is a prerequisite for creative learning.  By providing the child with opportunities to discover qualities, dimensions and relationships amidst a rich variety of stimulating learning situations, curiosity is developed and an essential element in creative learning has been established.

Developing habits of initiative and persistence: By surrounding the child with appealing materials and learning activities geared to their inner needs, they become accustomed to engaging in activities on their own.  Gradually, this results in a habit of initiative – an essential quality in leadership.  ‘Ground Rules’ call for completing a task once begun and gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance for replacing the materials after the task is accomplished.  This ‘completion expectation’ gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance.

Fostering inner security and sense of order in the child:  Through a well ordered, enriched but simplified environment, the child’s need for order  and security is intensely satisfied.  This is noticed in the calming effect the environment has on the child.  Since every item in the Montessori classroom has a place and the ground rules call for everything in its place, the child’s inner need for order is directly satisfied.