Sunnybrook Montessori School

Montessori preschool & kindergarten in New Hampshire's North Country

Understanding Montessori – Constructing Meaning

21 - cylinder blocksIn a Montessori classroom children engage in a constructive approach to education.  Constructivism is when the learner constructs meaning through exploration and engagement with the environment around him.   Constructive learning is a child centered process that promotes active learning, reflection, motivation, confidence, and interest.  In a Montessori Environment self correcting materials are presented through demonstrations by the Directress, who Maria Montessori considered to be a guide, not an instructor.  The goal is to introduce the child to a material, so that he may then explore it independently to construct his own learning.  Materials are presented sequentially so that learning builds on itself and a student can be successful, developing confidence in one’s abilities and a desire to learn.


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