The Montessori Difference
Education Principles & Methodology
The Parent Perspective
The Montessori Difference
As parents we want the best for our children. PCMA understands that entrusting your child to another is such an important decision. There is so much thought that goes into the decision.
We are here to help. The foundation for a child that opens their mind, eyes and thoughts to the world and their surroundings is magical. There is no filter and at PCMA we love watching our students grow and flourish, helping them explore the world around them, allowing them to freely think and express their thoughts and the application of those thoughts to the real world.
The foundation they receive at PCMA will flow through their growth and learning, how they think and process emotions, decisions and connections in real life.
Thank you for being here. We appreciate your interest in learning more about Montessori and the methodology and principles of PCMA.
History of Montessori
The Montessori method of teaching was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over 100 years ago. The entire premise of this teaching is surrounding a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.
Children are naturally eager to learn, Montessori encourages knowledge, initiates learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive. Independent thinking and awareness that is ignited in a child supports healthy growth of the mind, a greater ability to express and communicate understanding and thought process.
How is Montessori Implemented
In order for a school to be authentically Montessori the learning environment needs to include multi age groupings of peers to foster learning among different age groups, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity. The learning environment is well thought out and planned specifically with Montessori designed learning materials. The arrangement of the environment and the aesthetics is also carefully curated.
The teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. PCMA’s logo symbolizes this learning triangle. Our teachers have readied the classroom to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. The child is encouraged and supported to exercise individual choice, make use of the environment and learning resources to develop themselves, interacting with the teacher receiving support and guidance when they need it. They are nurtured through independence and supported as they express what issue or thought they are requiring help with. They are given responsibility and really enjoy and light up when they have learned something new.
Multi Age groupings are a hallmark of the Montessori Method: younger children learn from older children; older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have mastered. This arrangement mirrors the real world, and allows them to get comfortable with learning from their peers.
There are sensitive periods of learning that have been identified by Dr. Montessori. These are seen as windows of opportunity. At PCMA we have been blessed to watch so many of our students grow beyond the standards in place at public institutions, our students really develop and absorb the principles of learning that will last a lifetime.
What Montessori Teaches
Montessori students learn through sensory-motor activities. They do this by working with materials within the classroom that develop their cognitive thinking abilities through experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement. The materials used tangibly cover all curriculum areas such as language, math, culture, art and science.
Thought and independence continue to grow through the Montessori learning materials and an interdisciplinary curriculum. They learn concrete and abstract thought processing and the application of the knowledge they received to the real-world.
Montessori students are well prepared for the world of adolescence, when thought and emotion evolve into understanding more abstract, universal concepts such as equity, freedom, and justice.