|GR Montessori @ Fountain |
Nikki Jones, Principal
Jason McGhee, Assistant Principal
159 College Ave. NE
p. 616-819-2405 f.616-819-2406
GR Montessori @ North Park
What is Grand Rapids Public Montessori?
What is The Montessori Method?
Dr. Maria Montessori, the Italian pediatrician who founded the method believed self-motivation to be the key to learning. Therefore, the Montessori teacher acts as a facilitator whose role is to stimulate interest in all facets of a child-centered learning environment. Montessori education recognizes the importance of all developmental areas, including social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs.
Characteristics of a Montessori Program
An individualized approach to education, which recognizes individual learning ability, interest, style and pace
-Promotion of self-esteem encouraging independence and self-sufficiency
-Encouragement of respect for one another and for the environment
-Creation of structured environment within which there is freedom of choice in learning
-Use of positive, gentle and consistent approach with the child
-Creation of an environment rich in learning opportunities for the child’s absorbent mind.
Uniquely designed Montessori materials and teacher-made materials, are used to meet the young child’s learning needs
-Manipulative - The child learns by doing
-Concrete - The child can touch, feel and move objects to learn their characteristics
-Sequenced - Learning begins with the simple and progresses to the complex. This assures success and enhances self esteem.
"And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.”