Inspired by the Montessori Method, our program follows the key pedagogical principles of this method, which decades of research on child psychology and early childhood development support. This method aims to allow each child to reach his or her full potential independently of learning style preferences or personality traits. Some of these key principles include:”
Guided freedom is a core principle of our program, where the child is gradually and increasingly able to be independent in his environment. The teacher provides clear guidelines and boundaries and sets children free within those boundaries. For example children are not assigned seats and free to work wherever they like. They can decide what to work on, for how long and with whom.
The best learning occurs when there is a personal interest by the child in the topic or the skill. These moments are called ‘sensitive periods’ Directresses observe when these periods occur for each child and try to use them. Directresses also create situational interest by using specially designed tools proven to trigger children's curiosity or by using specific tone when presenting the topic. Lessons are given as children are ready for them and are skillfully guided to cover all core topics.
Learning in Context
Rather than learning by memorizing what texts or the directress tell them, children learn by doing. The lesson guide and the materials used are also designed and tested to allow children to place the learning in context. For example, explaining a scientific phenomenon such as heat or sound.
Learning With and From Peers
Many of the lessons are individual between the teacher and the child. However, many others take place in small groups of two to four children. Children are excited to share their experience with other classmates and help each other with the exercises. Many researchers have found this collaborative method to be highly beneficial to both the provider and recipient of peer help.