The primary goal of a Montessori program is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life. Our activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation. Montessori Centre of Barrington will provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment, in which children can play and learn. Our specific goals and objectives are as follows:
To develop a positive attitude toward school and learning.
To develop high self-esteem.
To build concentration for lifelong study skills.
To develop and foster an abiding curiosity.
To develop 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.
The Prepared Environment
In order for self-directed learning to take place, the whole learning environment – room, materials, and social climate – must be supportive of the learner. The teacher provides necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive atmosphere. The teacher thus gains the children’s trust, which enables them to try new things and build self-confidence.
The Montessori Materials
Dr. Montessori’s observations of the kinds of things which children enjoy and go back to repeatedly led her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials which facilitate the learning of skills and abstract ideas.