How Does It Work?
Emphasizing Maria Montessori’s philosophy that each child is an individual who is on a journeyof self-discovery, the preschool program atSt.RitaSchoolfor the Deaf allows the children to learn at their own pace and in their ownsequence of discovery. Children who spend longer on one part of the curriculumthan others are not left behind in the classroom, and those who master aconcept quickly are encouraged to move on in the curriculum at their ownindividual pace. The goal is to prepare each child for kindergarten, both academically and socially, with a strong language base for communication.
The Montessori teacher’s primary role is not to merely transmit information from aprepared curriculum, but rather to help children to act and think forthemselves, creating an atmosphere of calm, order and joy in the classroom todevelop self-confidence and inner discipline. The teacher demonstrates the correct use of the materials, carefully watches the progress of each child and keeps a record of his/her work. Learning is child-directed and individualized.
Montessori Curriculum connected to Ohio’s Early Learning & Development Standards