Dr. Maria Montessori believed that children learn because they are motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. She revealed the sensitivity of the child to his environment from which they absorb their perceptions and knowledge. Children develop most of their basic attitudes and values about life and learning in the preschool years. Through a child-centered environment the children at Norbeck Montessori “learn how to learn.” Our Montessori curriculum consists of instruction in the areas of:
Montessori Fosters a Natural Love of Learning
At Norbeck Montessori, you won’t find charts of gold stars and you won’t receive a report card; there are no grades or rewards for learning other than the joy and satisfaction your child receives when they learn a new skill or make a new discovery. Instead of praising a child by saying, “You’re so smart,” our teachers praise each child according to the effort they made. You might hear our staff say something like, “You really worked hard at that!” instead. Each and every day, Norbeck Montessori’s preschoolers and kindergarteners measure their own progress and accomplish tasks to foster confidence and independence.
The Montessori Method Is Individualized for Your Child
As the natural developmental milestones for order, concentration, coordination, and independence are met, success builds upon success, and the child gains an inner discipline and the security of a strong self-image. Social interaction with children, both older and younger, as well as with caring adults, adds to their enjoyment and growth. Positive encouragement and praise reinforce the child’s feelings of self-confidence and self-assurance. Through these experiences of success, the child develops a willingness to attempt new challenges.
Montessori Schools Develop the Whole Child
The Montessori classroom offers the child the opportunity to interact with other students and explore the freedoms they have within their environment. Having preschool children ages 2 to 6 together provides the younger child with a series of models for imitation and social skill building. The older children have the opportunity to reinforce their knowledge by assisting the younger ones. At Norbeck Montessori, growth and development occur as their interests lead them from one level of complexity to another.
Montessori Teachers Don’t Lecture, They Guide
The role of the teacher in the Montessori classroom is to observe the individual interests and needs of each child. Through observation, the teacher is able to design an individualized learning plan specific to the child’s needs. Each Montessori classroom is setup specifically for the children who use that classroom and, as their needs change, so does the classroom. The Montessori teacher is trained to recognize periods of readiness. Sometimes it is necessary to divert a child who chooses materials beyond their ability; other times the teacher must encourage a child who may be hesitant, to explore some of the lessons. Each child relates to their own work and previous experiences. His/her progress is not compared to the achievements of the other children. Through this non-competitive environment the child gains confidence in him or herself and experiences success.
Tour Our Rockville Montessori School to Learn More!
There is no better way to learn about Norbeck Montessori than to come and visit our beautiful school in Rockville! We strongly encourage our families to tour our school prior to applying. Our Transitional Two’s (2-year-old preschool) and Primary Preschool programs are growing, and we offer continual enrollment for preschool children ages 3 to 5.
Contact Norbeck Montessori or fill out our form and we will gladly schedule a date for you to take a tour of our school and classrooms!