Montessori at Frierson

What is the Montessori Model?

The Montessori education model debuted in 1907 with Maria Montessie's first school, the Casa Del Bambini, which was part of an urban renewal project in a low-income district of Rome. 

Montessori is child-centered from birth to adulthood. In the Montessori classroom, students work with specially designed materials, manipulating and investigating until they master a particular lesson.

In the elementary years, the child continues to organize his thinking through work with the learning materials and an interdisciplinary educational approach based on scientific observations of curriculum as he or she passes from the concrete to the abstract. The child directly applies this knowledge to real-world experiences. This organization of information - facts and figures - prepares the child for the world of adolescence, when thought and emotion evolve into understanding more abstract, universal concepts such as equity, freedom, and justice. 

Trained and credentialed teachers are the foundation of Montessori education. 

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Is Montessori for your Child?

Underlying the Montessori curriculum is the fundamental belief that every child has an instinctive and spontaneous desire to learn, and that self-motivation is the only true impulse to learning. In the Montessori classroom, individual responsibility for behavior, along with respect for people and property, accompany the freedom that students enjoy. In collaboration with observant teachers who assist with goal-setting and assure steady achievement, children move themselves toward learning: they learn at their own pace and pursue materials and topics that are of interest to them. 

To be successful, entering students must be able to learn to make choices, cooperate with peers, develop and maintain a sense of order, demonstrate self-discipline, function independently, and participate non-competitively in a classroom community. They must also find intrinsic satisfaction in work well done instead of seeking extrinsic rewards or pats on the back. Students whose learning style is primarily auditory, visual, or kinesthetic will find many stimulating and appropriate activities. Students who are highly distractible may find our environment too stimulating for their learning needs.