At Canton Montessori School, this is what we believe about …
- Each child is endowed with unique characteristics.
- Who she will eventually become is a result of the dynamic interplay of her innate personality with her environment, sprinkled with the mystery of grace.
- In every child there is great potential. This potential becomes “actualized” when the child is provided with a nurturing, optimum environment. Conversely, divergent behavior results when the child’s genuine needs are not respected.
- The young child’s sensitivity to his environment makes him vulnerable. He needs guidance, assurance and sometimes protection.
- Children have inner desire to learn, grow and become independent. THey will show us their needs — we need only to be observers and provide them with the appropriate amount of freedom and guidance.
- Every child has a great need to experience life and to discover her place in “the world”. Her quest for this is her process of enfolding.
- Parents are the greatest influence in a child’s life.
- Parents have a unique relationship with their children. THey are the most important individuals in the child’s life, for they are the primary source of love, affection, encouragement, care and security.
- Parents are the primary educators of their children. The behavior they model is most likely the behavior their children will imitate and eventually internalize.
- Parents want what is best for their children and strive to do their best in parenting.
- Parents need support in their awesome responsibility of caring for, protecting, and enabling their children to grow toward autonomy, independence, and maturity.
- Parenting is a challenge! It is on-the-job training at its best (or worst). It is often “feeling your way in the dark!”
- Parents would do well to cultivate the art of self-forgiveness. It is important to realize that all parents make mistakes provide their children with the very opportunity to make great leaps toward maturity. Accepting responsibility for oneself, despite the mistakes your parents have made on you, is one of the hallmarks of a mature person!
How Children Learn:
- Hands-on experiences provide the bass of learning for the young child. The hands are the instrument of his intelligence.
- The young child uses all of her senses to learn. If she is free to taste, hear, see, smell and touch, touch, touch her environment, she will learn in abundance.
- Movement is critical to the child’s learning experience. He must be free (within the limits of safety) to explore and interact with his environment.
- Children pass through sensitive periods, times when they are most motivated and capable fo learning a particular skill.
- Children learn through imitation, repetition, and trial and error. Having the freedom to make choices is a necessity for early childhood education.
- Self-esteem is directly related to successful learning experiences. A child feels good about himself when adults trust him to make choices within “the prepared environment”.