WHY AMI MONTESSORI

The AMI Montessori method aligns with the latest cutting-edge insights from neuroscience. Its unique philosophy and scientific material challenges each individual academically while nurturing each child’s natural curiosity and holistic development.

The Montessori method, as well as the name, is a philosophy of education which everyone if free to use. The only guarantee of an authentic program that implements the pure and holistic Montessori method created by Dr. Maria Montessori is a school with accredited AMI (Association Montessori International) teachers and environment.

PRACTICAL LIFE

The Practical Life area is the first area children encounter once entering the Montessori environment. Laying a strong and healthy foundation, children participate in everyday, real-life activities, providing them with a sense of belonging and responsibility, enabling them to accomplish real-life skills. Through movement, the child gains control and coordination and is confronted with analysis and economy of motion. Through the integration of hand and mind, the children’s personalities are shaped and are given the primary foundation for the development of the will. Children learn to care for themselves, be independent and empowered in their environment, and learn to live in communities and care for each other. Children are engaged in purposeful activity, developing abstraction, and taking knowledge from each exercise. The children gain mastery through repetition, establish an orderly work habit, and complete work cycles. Practical life is an essential part of the Montessori method; it lays the foundation of all work and accompanies the child on his path to mastery.

Practical Life Exercises are separated into:

  • Preliminary Exercises

  • Care of Self

  • Care of the Environment

  • Grace and Courtesy

SENSORIAL

The scientifically researched and created sensorial material is unique to the Montessori method; it invites children to be explorers, provides independence, love of learning, and knowledge.
The sensorial material stimulates the senses and carries impressions to the mind; it also gives children concrete experiences of abstract ideas and further develops their attention span and natural path of development. The sensorial material is grouped according to what senses are stimulated.
Activities for the visual sense include dimension, form, shape, size, and color. Activities for the auditory sense involve working with: sound, pitch, speech, and silence. For the tactile sense, we explore texture, form, plasticity, temperature, and weight. For the olfactory sense, there are activities with scents. Finally, for the gustatory sense, we explore the different tastes. The purpose of the sensorial material is the refinement of the senses and the development of the intellect.

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LANGUAGE

Access to a language-rich environment is essential to children’s development; children need to absorb and be listened to, improving confidence with time to practice and express themselves.
Once children enter the Montessori environment, they are supported in their language development by being presented with carefully sequenced activities. Children’s interest in language and expressing themselves is great, which is why the language-rich environment fosters children in expanding their vocabulary and engaging in spoken language. Simultaneously children begin to prepare their hands for writing by manipulating the quality Montessori materials from all areas. Next, the children explore letters with all their senses and naturally progress to using the different materials to build phonetic words, phonograms, puzzle words, and sentences. Once the children are comfortable in the written language, they naturally progress to reading.

MATHEMATICS

We are surrounded by mathematics. There is not a single aspect of our lives that does not, in some way, include a mathematical algorithm. In the Montessori environment, mathematics is given great importance from the first day. The child is indirectly being prepared to develop his mathematical mind by being offered concrete material for abstract ideas. In the practical life area, for example, children learn to order and sequence as well as building their intellect and attention span. They learn that objects have a particular purpose and that different objects relate to each other in different ways. Natural consequences assist children in becoming acquainted with errors. In the sensorial area, the children are laying the foundation for mathematics, being introduced to dimensions, visual discrimination, different qualities, and geometrics.
The mathematical problems are introduced in isolation, including all senses and providing control of error. Children learn the reasoning behind mathematical procedures and have a clear perception of abstract ideas. The prepared environment, which is rich in sequenced materials, provides the child with the necessary time and space the reach abstraction. The structure of the Arithmetic in Montessori is based upon six groups of exercises:

  • Numbers from 0 to 10

  • The Decimal System (which includes the four operations)

  • Sequence of Numbers

  • Exploration and Memorization of Combinations

  • Passage to Abstraction

  • Fractions

TESTIMONIAL

Art not only meant the use of colors on paper, Ms. Georgi also introduced classical artists and their works to kids. I can confidently say she has laid the foundation for a life long love of Claude Monet in my son.

Sahaja Sarathy, San Francisco California

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