Goals of a Montessori Program
Whether you teach in a Montessori school or use Montessori materials in a homeschool environment, it is important to take time to outline the goals of a primary Montessori program. These goals should encompass the core of Montessori and not the specific details of the prepared environment or the 'themes' you wish to cover.
The prepared environment is an important aspect of the primary Montessori program - but only if it supports the goals. As you gain experience teaching and as the children mature, the prepared environment and the themes you wish to introduce will change. However, the overall goals of the program should remain stable and should be the focus.
Possible goals of a primary Montessori program
- introduce the children to the joy of learning
- foster inner security and curiosity
- promote self-confidence
- develop initiative, concentration, and persistence
- encourage a positive attitude towards learning
- build a strong foundation for future growth
- sustain positive interaction and compassion for others
Have you taken the time to write down the goals of the program? If not, you must make it a priority. If you don't know what the goals are, it's impossible to determine if the program is successful.
Montessori isn't just about the materials. A child's ability to read and write will be of little value if they lack self-confidence, a positive attitude, or simply don't enjoy learning. You can fill each area with the most perfect materials but fail to give the children a true Montessori education.
Questions about a Montessori program
- What are the goals of this Montessori program?
- Does the prepared environment support the goals of the program?
- Do the adults involved in the program (teachers, assistants, support staff) understand the goals and have the capacity to support them?