Welcome to Montessori Academy of Canton! We are pleased you have chosen Montessori Academy of Canton. We believe that from birth to six years are the most important in life, truly the "formative" years.
We believe that you as parents, and the environment you create at home are the main educational influences in your child's life. Our goal is to assist you in your work as parents, by broadening your child's world.
School activities are designed to foster creativity, competence, self awareness, awareness of others and the world in which we live. The children's activities are also structured to promote love of learning, self-motivation, self-esteem, persistence of attention, inner discipline, and ordering of the child's environment.
We believe that in order for these goals to be realized, children must be allowed to be themselves within an atmosphere of trust, freedom, order, and responsibility. We invite you to join us in this educational adventure.
Dr. Maria Montessori was born in Ancona, Italy in 1870 and died in Noordwijk, The Netherlands in 1952. When asked, "What is the Montessori Method?" Maria Montessori would reply, "It is simply an assist to life". In her work with children throughout the world, Dr. Montessori, the first woman physician in Italy, made certain observations about the young child as they move toward "normalization" which allows the child to joyfully develop inner discipline, self-assurance and preference for purposeful activity.
Dr. Maria Montessori noted that the young child learns with great ease simply by "absorbing" like a sponge that to which she or he is exposed, rather than learning primary through logical analysis.
The sensitive periods or developmental stages are the periods during which the energy of the child's total being seems to focus upon a particular stage of development such as walking, talking, writing, and reading. If the stages are supported by the learning environment prepared by the teacher and parent, then the learning is fully perfected and easily accomplished by the child.
The prepared environment, scientifically designed to support the sensitive period of the child, is one of the main teachers from which the child learns as they work at their own individual rhythm. Areas of the prepared environment include:
- Practical Life – For developing concentration and coordination
- Sensorial – To sort the impressions of the senses
- Math – To develop the logical mind
- Language – To link the child with society
- Science and Nature – To learn about the wonders of the world from botany to zoology
- Geography and History – To study the history and the cultures of the world.
- Music, Art and Movement – To express the inner life
- Physical Education – To learn cooperation, and to develop gross motor skills