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Montessori Method

The Montessori Method is a child education method with a structured curriculum for the development of cognitive skills for math, language, and science. In this method, all the activities are designed to draw children's attention to learning. It is consistently focused on the child and assumes that all development is done according to the following principles:

• Every being develops along the line of their nature, and thus the man, from the first years of its existence, is able to respond to real stimuli, through their unconscious and then conscious absorbent mind.

• People, by the uniqueness of their being, develops as an integrated whole: body, soul and spirit.

• As a person endowed with vital force, he is able to self-growth and therefore, self-development, mainly by spontaneous and free activity, in an appropriate environment.

• As a person endowed with reflective capacity, by nature, must live in dialogue with the elements of the cosmos, since he is sensitive to them.

Classes are mixed-age with 3 to 5 year-old students, allowing the younger child the learning stimulus, following the model of the older child. The diversity of ages also provides that children who are more developed in some aspects, are able to encourage and contribute to the learning of others. Each child learns according to their own pace through lessons designed individually, according to their needs.

Each student remains in the same class for three years, developing a strong sense of community, which strengthens their bond with peers and teachers, providing stability in the routine.

The Montessori Method offers to children a planned and structured learning environment, where the child is free to choose activities within certain parameters.

Based on a solid structured curriculum for children ages 3 to 6, teaching is student-centered and not teacher-centered. The inner will and the curiosity to learn comes from the child. The teacher plays an important role in planning activities and preparing the environment, which arouses curiosity and encourages the child to find the freedom and the means to find answers and solutions to their questions.

Self-correction, a predominant feature in Montessori materials, enables the child to develop the capacity, through his or her own efforts, to succeed. Guided by the inner will to learn, the student develops the ability to seek answers and solutions to adapt to an ever-changing world.

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