The Montessori Method at Mater Amoris
Mater Amoris Montessori School is dedicated to the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Maria Montessori believed in using children's energy and imagination to the advantage of the child. The Mater Amoris philosophy follows the Montessori method focusing our program on developing each child based on their motivations and interests.
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work in groups and individually to discover and explore knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential.
The Montessori method provides a scientifically based system which not only aids your child during early development, but throughout their life. The Montessori philosophy is based on love for the child, respect for each child's dignity as a person, and a strong desire to help every child realize their fullest potential in society. The Montessori philosophy emphasizes the development of ethical behavior based on moral and spiritual values. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.
Individuality, Independence and Confidence
Mater Amoris is committed to the development of each individual child according to the their needs and potential. Children learn the skills necessary for self-discipline and self-awareness. Following the Montessori method, students move at their own pace through age-appropriate lessons -- taking initiative, finding the most meaningful ways to learn for them, and building confidence in their capabilities in the process.
Problem Solving and Love for Learning
Education at Mater Amoris is purposeful but allows for spontaneous learning. Children learn to absorb impressions and concepts which leads to the ability to abstract, explore, and self-motivate. Children learn at their pace and are not beholden to standardized test scores.
Peer Learning and Citizenship
By design, Montessori programs feature multi-age groupings so younger children can learn from older children and older children can reinforce their understanding of concepts by teaching their younger friends. This arrangement echoes real life working scenarios while fostering kindness, socialization, lifelong friendships and a sense of belonging in a tight-knit community.
Montessori programs are built on experiential learning, not rote memorization and endless worksheets. Students learn by doing things themselves, not by watching a teacher do things for them.