The primary goal of a Montessori program is to help each individual child reach their fullest potential in all areas of life—socially, academically, physically, and emotionally. The curriculum and the environment empower children, ignite their creativity, and build a strong sense of self, allowing them to enjoy the process of learning and the excitement of accomplishment.
For nearly 40 years, The Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley has provided the children of the Mahoning Valley with a world-class Montessori education. The school follows the educational methods and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori—physician, educator, and humanitarian—who discovered that children are born with an innate craving and ability to absorb information about the world around them through their senses and experiences.
When you choose to enroll your child at The Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley, your child will benefit from the following Montessori principles:
The Prepared Environment
“These very children reveal to us the most vital need of their development, saying : 'Help me to do it alone!'" Dr. Maria Montessori, From Childhood to Adolescence
One of Dr. Montessori’s earliest observations was that the child’s environmental experience is key to their development. Children learn by touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, and listening. To that end, the whole Montessori learning environment—room, materials, and social climate—is mindfully prepared to ignite the child’s natural desire to learn through exploration and discovery.
When you enter our Montessori learning environments, you’ll see children working at tables designed to fit their bodies or on the floor, using mats or rugs to define their work space. Prints of great art works or displays from a variety of cultures are tastefully displayed on the walls positioned so that the children in the room can easily see them. Shelves of beautiful Montessori materials and interesting displays designed to entice and draw in the curious learner are organized into well-defined groupings for each area of the curriculum. A peace corner with a few well-chosen items of beauty act as a quiet spot for reflection; a spot to enjoy snack and polite table conversation with a friend or friends add to the comfortable, pleasant atmosphere. Natural elements, such as natural wood, organic materials, and living plants and animals, help children tune in to their environment, inspiring the respect and caring for nature which is the hallmark of a Montessori environment.
Each prepared environment meets the developmental needs of the children within it. The youngest children have shelves, furniture, and tools sized specifically for them, to allow the most opportunity for independence, small and gross motor movement, and intellectual and social development. The oldest children may have science lab tables for experiments, computer desks, and a casual literature circle of sofas and chairs to fit their growing bodies and spontaneous discussions.
The Prepared Environment provides the means for students of every age to explore and discover for themselves the answers to their own questions. The resources available include the teacher as mentor and ally, peers as guides and collaborators; and the Montessori materials as tools for exploration, progress, and inspiration.