Montessori is an approach to education that takes to heart the needs, talents, gifts, and special individuality of each child. It is a process that helps children learn in their own way at their own pace. The main concept of Montessori is to promote the joy of learning. This joy of learning develops a well adjusted person who has a purpose and direction in his or her life. Children who experience the joy of learning are happy, confident, and fulfilled.
Another important skill it teaches is self-reliance and independence. It helps a child to become independent by teaching him or her life skills, which is called practical life. Montessori children learn to dress themselves, help cook, put their toys and clothes away and take an active part of their household, neighborhood and school.
For young children Montessori is a hands on approach to learning. It encourages them to develop their observation skills by doing many types of activities. These include use of the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and large motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.
The children learn by doing and by experimentation. The environment is specifically prepared for the children to allow them to interact with it freely. Everything is child sized and safe for children to touch and use. In fact, Dr. Montessori called her center "The Children's House".
What you'll see in our classroom...
Spontaneous and self-guided learning; We have a carefully arranged classroom with inviting and educational choices.
Multi-age groups; Children benefit from learning together in mixed age groups.
Social skills; Children work together in small groups or independently according to their choice.
Team work and cooperation; Children take an active role in the care of their classroom.
Contentment; Oak Hill offers a happy, calm atmosphere as children learn to focus and discover self-worth through their accomplishments.