you teach in a Montessori school or use Montessori materials in a
homeschool environment, it is important to take time to outline the
goals of the program. These goals should encompass the core of
Montessori, and not the specific details of the prepared environment
or the 'themes' you wish to cover.
The prepared environment is
an important aspect of the Montessori program - but only if it supports
the goals. As you gain experience teaching, and as the children mature,
environment and the themes you wish to introduce will change. But the
overall goals of the program
should remain stable and should be the focus.
Here is an
example of some goals that a primary Montessori program might include:
Possible Goals of a Primary Montessori Program
children to the joy of learning
foster inner security and
initiative, concentration, and persistence
positive attitude towards learning
build a strong
foundation for future growth
interaction, and compassion for others
taken the time to write down the goals of the program? If not, you must
make it a priority. If you don't know what the goals are, it's
impossible to determine if the program is successful.
isn't just about the materials. A child's ability to read and write
will be of little value if they lack self confidence, a positive
attitude, or simply don't enjoy learning. You can fill each area with
the most perfect materials, but fail to give the children a true
Questions you may ask about a Primary Montessori Program
are the goals of this Montessori program?
the prepared environment support the goals of the program?
Do the adults involved in the
program (teachers, assistants, support staff) understand the goals, and
have the capacity to support them?
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