Montessori education is unique in that it is child-oriented and teacher-facilitated and allows the educator to treat each child as an individual. Unlike other educational philosophies our teacher known as the directress/director performs a guiding role rather than controlling the classroom. Over the 3 year period the teacher comes to know each child very well and is familiar with their learning styles and abilities.
“The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." — Maria Montessori
The Montessori Directress is trained to recognize when your child is ready to learn a new skill, to foster his or her natural instincts and abilities and to encourage his exploration and creativity.
The children are encouraged to make choices on their own. The directress provides a link between the child and the prepared environment, introducing the child to each piece of equipment when he or she is ready in a precise and enticing way. Once a child has been attracted to an activity, and has begun to concentrate, the adult respects this choice and concentration and does not interrupt.
Although the teachers plan lessons for each child for each day, they will bow to the interests of a child following a passion.
"This is the first duty of an educator; stir up life, but leave it free to develop” (Montessori, 1985)
The directress provides a link between the classroom and the parent, meeting with each child's parents to discuss progress.
“It is necessary for the teacher to guide the child without letting him feel her presence too much, so that she may always be ready to supply the desired help, but may never be the obstacle between the child and his experience.”
Maria Montessori – The Secret of Childhood