‘Help me to help myself,’ is the fundamental philosophy around which the Montessori classroom revolves. The Montessori classroom is designed to suit the child’s age, size, comfort and intellectual needs. The child may choose where to work as well as where to sit and with whom to spend his/her time. There is freedom of movement and choice inherent in much of the child’s day.
The teacher is thought of more as a “guide,” one who is carefully trained to observe the children, present appropriate lessons to each child, and leave appropriate space for independent choices. Children often learn from watching and helping each other, a major advantage of the mixed age classroom.
The Montessori approach emphasizes the development of the whole child. At North Shore Montessori School, we work to provide an environment where the lower elementary child may develop emotionally, socially, and academically. We strive to foster natural growth and to help the child prepare him/her self for their world, their life, and their community at large.
Our elementary classroom is designed to give the child a chance to begin to explore a world in a holistic way. Cosmic education, a keystone in Montessori philosophy, grants students the chance to enter into society practiced in thinking about who they are as individuals, as part of the human species, as citizens of a nation.
Ultimately, the expectation is that through learning about humans through time and across the world today, the child may begin to appreciate his or her own place in the greater whole of humanity. By learning about those who have walked the earth before us, we come to better understand our own individual path.