This page will be updated to present the basics of a Montessori education and information about AIA.
Maria Montessori - This is a link to the American Montessori Society website to learn more about Maria Montessori and read some of her quotes like the following:
"And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher's task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child". [Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, translated by Claude A. Claremont]
". . . the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity, as often happens in old-time discipline . . . A room in which all the children move about usefully, intelligently, and voluntarily, without committing any rough or rude act, would seem to me a classroom very well disciplined indeed." [Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method, translated by Anne E. George]
"Here is an essential principal of education: to teach details is to bring confusion; to establish the relationship between things is to bring knowledge." [Maria Montessori, From Childhood to Adolescence, translator unknown]
Infant Toddler Montessori: "Preparation for Life" - This is an excerpt of a parent orientation video for Montessori Infant-Toddler programs. It is an update of the American Montessori Society video "In the Beginning: The First Years of Montessori"
"Montessori Educatoin for the Early Childhood Years" - This video has been produced by the American Montessori Society. It shows how Montessori education nurtures learning for children who are 3-6.
More information coming soon about:
- AIA Kindergarten (a year of "leadership", preparing for first grade)
- AIA Elementary (curriculum, strengths)