Programs and Admission
Programs and Admission
Main principles of Montessori pedagogy.
Montessori educational alternative has appeared at the beginning of 1907 , by setting the first institution, “Casa dei Bambini”(“Children House”), where the new method initiated by Maria Montessori, Italian pedagogue and doctor, was successfully experienced.
With a vast knowledge in pedagogy, anthropology and psychiatry, dr, Maria Montessori is elaborating this educational method starting from the idea that every child is born with a unique potential that can be fulfilled if he is offered the proper, stimulating environment, safety and respect.
The child and his individual needs are the center of the Montessori pedagogy. This is seen as an individual, a grown up, with unique personality and qualities.
The Montessori children are learning in a non-competitive environment, in which they are sustained and where the child’s individuality and interest is respected.
The children are encouraged to work independently, the teacher is able to work with everyone individually or in small groups. The Montessori class is formed by children with different ages, from 0 to 3 years old, from 3 to 6 years old (Casa dei Bambini), from 6 to 9 years old, and 9 to 12 years old. In this way the children learn from their teachers, from their colleagues and also all by themselves.
The Montessori class standards.
The standards of an educational alternative class are universally available and developed with the purpose of maintaining a quality level and excellence in education initiated by doctor Maria Montessori. These standards force each institution to ensure programs which allow children to fully develop intellectually, socially and emotionally.
a) Montessori teacher
At every class there is a teacher specialized in the Montessori pedagogy on the adequate age level. Maria Montessori has developed a new role for the teacher, in her method. The teacher is a guide for the child, by observing his activity and intuiting his needs.
b) Montessori assistant
Optionally, at every class there can be a Montessori assistant that has the role of assisting the teacher, by creating the material and supervising the outside activities.
c) Montessori materials
Every class is equipped with a complete set of Montessori materials, adequate for the schooling level.
d) Montessori classes
The class group size In Montessori classes the number of children is very well structured on age groups, and this number is ensuring the social development they need.
Toddlers level: 15-17 children/class
Preschool level: 24-35 children/class
Primary and secondary level : 24-35 children/ class
The Montessori classes are formed with children with the following age range:
Toddlers level: 1.5-3 years old
Preschool level: 3-6 years old
Primary 1: 6-9 years old
Primary 2: 9-12 years old
Secondary 1: 12-15 years old
e) The uninterrupted work with Montessori materials
The Montessori studies are planned 5 days per week with periods of individual work with the Montessori materials.
a) For the kindergarten level with toddler classes – 2 hours /day and for pre-school – 3 hours/day, in the morning program, and optional 2-3 hours/day, in the after-noon program.
b) For the Primary school level – 5-6 hours/day, of independent activity, shared in at least 2 hour periods , of independent an uninterrupted activity.