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Giving Your Child the Gift of a Montessori Education

Your children's early education impacts the rest of their lives, which makes choosing the right school one of the most crucial decisions you will ever make. Ideally, you want a school that provides holistic education that includes academic and practical real-life skills and which promotes independent and creative thinking. SAMA affiliated Montessori schools are expected to implement these principles.

Fundamental Principles of Montessori Schools

Principle 1: Classes in Montessori Schools are mixed-age and non-graded.
Mixed-age classes comprise at least three-year groupings corresponding to the Planes of Development viz 3-6; 6-9; and 9-12 or 6 – 12; 12-15 and 15-18 or 12 – 18
Mixed-age groups are not correlated to grades, nor are they divided in others ways according to achievement levels or normative standards.

Principle 2: Montessori schools accommodate an extended period of uninterrupted self-chosen activity – a period during which children can choose their own activity and work undisturbed for a minimum of three hours.

Principle 3: Rewards and Punishments are not used in a Montessori environment.

Principle 4: A prepared environment is a critical component of Montessori Pedagogy. The prepared environment...
Serves the developmental and pedagogical needs of the children using it
Supports freedom of movement, speech and association
Supports free choice of activity
Facilitates normalization and valorization
Includes a full range of Montessori materials appropriate to the age for which it is prepared.

Principle 5: The adults in the Montessori environment exhibit and apply the principles of Montessori pedagogy through...
A disposition of respect and patience towards the child
An ability to balance the principle of non-intervention while at the same time not abandoning the child
Trust in Montessori principles, methodology and pedagogical aims
Seeing the role of the adult as primarily observer, scientist and interpreter of the environment rather than as a teacher in the conventional sense
Guiding the child to normalization and development appropriate to each Plane of Development.

Principle 6: Montessori schools develop curriculum guidelines which conform with the vision of child development and the educative goals outlined by Maria Montessori.

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