When considering a Montessori education for your child, there are a variety of terms that may be unfamiliar. Below are some of the most common terms and their meanings.
Montessori: This word describes the founder of
the school, the teaching method, and the school itself.
Nido: Nido means “Nest” in Italian. It is
the word used to describe the Montessori environment for babies between 2
months and 14 months old.
Casa dei Bambini: Meaning “Children's House”
in Italian. It is also the name of the first school opened by Dr. Montessori.
Children's School: This is the name of the classrooms
where student ages 2 ½ to 6 will study. Other schools call these classrooms,
preschool or primary school. Some schools call the entire school the Children's
Absorbent Mind: From the time a baby is born up
until they are 6 years old, their brain allows them to learn from their
environment. The knowledge is absorbed, and they don't need to make any
conscious effort to learn. It happens naturally.
are 4 distinct periods of growth, development, and learning, based on a child's
age. The absorbent mind occurs between birth and 6 years old.
Practical Life and
Practical Activities: These are activities that students learn in the school to help them
learn to take care of themselves. They would learn hand washing, mopping, and
dusting. Older children would participate in more advanced practical activities.
Environment: This describes how a classroom is designed to meet
the needs of the children and focus on their learning. It includes carefully
selected materials and child-size furniture. Also, the rooms are prepared so
that children have room to work alone or in groups.
are exercises that help children develop and refine their fives senses: seeing,
touching, tasting, hearing, and smelling. Also, through sensory materials,
children build a foundation for math, writing, and speech.
Work: These are purposeful activities that
are meant to help children learn through activities that they choose
Sensitive Period: This is an important time during
human development where the child becomes ready to learn a skill or ability.
The teachers at the school understand the importance of this period, and they
prepare the environment to meet the child's development needs.
Montessori Schools of Fremont have been providing premium education since 1974. We invite you visit one of our locations, schedule a tour and see how a Montessori education may benefit your child and family.