Teacher Education for 2.5 to 6 Year Olds
Independent Study Component: Principles Basic to Montessori Philosophy may be started prior to the academic component.
The child’s mind from birth to six is quite unlike that of the adult mind which must learn laboriously and deliberately. With ease and spontaneity, the child absorbs all that the environment contains within it.
The Montessori Method allows the child to work on self selected tasks of interest in an environment which features the teacher as preparer and guide of the learning process.
The child’s emotional environment should abound in love, security, understanding, and consistency. Only when the child is strong willed and well-integrated can he/she be truly obedient, for obedience represents will. The goal of the Montessori Method can be summarized in a few words: “. . . freeing the child’s potential for self-development.”