A Universal  education
Maria Montessori was a visionary and her method still remains appropriate today. To help the child to cultivate his creative and adaptive skills, encourage his desire to learn, to offer the child the possibility to develop himself in all domains through opening his mind to the world. Isn't it what most parents are looking for? To respect the child, to observe him, to listen to him and even to learn from him: "isn't it revolutionary?". To encourage individual activity and give him thus the opportunity to exercise his ability of self-discipline, prepares the child to live in a society in an autonomous way.


An organized  environment
The layout of the class is organized according to the size of the child so that the material can be accessible to him. He is encouraged to touch and discover the material by himself. He is independent, free to move around and explore.  A carpet defining his space allows him to work by himself. He has a table at his disposal. A hand bell allows him to say: "less noise please, please do not disturb me." A quiet corner gives him the possibility to be alone for reading, drawing, sleeping or even dreaming. Plants, animals, computers, books, documents as well as specially designed material expose the children to life and to the world. The organization of such an environment does not mean that the children create disorder because the adult keeps a watch on the work environment.

 

 
In the nursery, the child is a sensorial explorer
The material at his disposal is attractive by its substance, colour and harmony of its shape. It is appropriate to his size, allows him to move around in the class and touch each object without the help of an adult and it provides automatic feedback on his errors.


This material is always at the child's disposal who can explore it according to his taste, his immediate interest, his rhythm and his personality. Thanks to this material the child can perform exercises of practical life and sensorial development, begin writing, reading and mathematics, as well as exploring artistic and cultural fields.

 

The organisation of classrooms in a Montessori school
The classrooms are defined in function of the different stages of development of the child and are divided into groups from 2,5 to 3 years of age, from 3 to 5 years of age and from 6 to 7 years of age and from 8 to 11 years of age.
The mix of children from different age groups facilitates the communication between children, they help each other and thus develop their social understanding.

In primary classes, the child is a conceptual explorer
The tools and the presentation of the activities by the educator are the keys which allow the child to learn through action. It is about impressing the child, touching his imagination. First of all, through the 5 big lessons: the history of the universe, the creation of life, the first men, the history of numbers and writing. Then by discovering the 7 universal powers: the sun, water, air, earth, plants, animals, human beings. And finally by studying the 6 human fundamental needs: food, transports, housing, clothing and spiritual (culture, art and religion). The education of the French language, mathematics and awakening subjects correspond to the demand of the national program.

 
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