"The most improtant period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six...At no other age has the child greater need of intelligent help, and any obstacle that impedes his creative work will lessen the chance he has of achieving perfection." -Dr. Maria Montessori
The first period of human development, from 0 to 6, is the most important because it is the time when the child's character and intelligence are being formed. The child has creative energies which are being used to develop a mind with the ability to think, understand, and remember.
Montessori recognizes in the child a natural curiosity and desire to learn. Independence, self-cofidence, self-discipline, and a love of learning are characteristics that are developed in the Montessori classroom. Movement is of primary importance. The child is able to learn by doing, moving about freely and working with the mary educational materials available to him.
Children learn at different rates. Therefore, in our Montessori classroom the children are able to work indepenently at their own pace. Each child has "sensitive periods" of learning when there is an intense interest in learning a particular skill. Based on these sensitive periods, your child will be able to choose and work with Montessori materials which will aid him in his mental development and self-construction.
The Gan Montessori • 519 Lamberton Drive • Silver Spring, MD 20902-1625 • 301-593-1117