Maria Montessori was a great educator and humanitarian from Italy. She had a passion for the education of young children and her educational philosophy has been used worldwide. While we are not a Montessori school in the strictest sense, we have formulated a program for the education of young children that is rooted in Montessori philosophy below are some important concepts that find their origins in the Montessori philosophy which, when put together with the ideals that St. Anthony Gianelli had in the formation of young people, frames our approach in educating your children.
Based on the Montessori Method
We strongly believe that the child is a person, with all the dignity and rights of every human being.The child is capable of making decisions, of cooperating, and of helping others. He/she is growing toward the adult that he/she will become. It is the role of every teacher at Gianelli’s to provide the raw materials, the tools, and the permission to explore. The teacher is there to aid the child’s discoveries.
The child is capable of making decisions, of cooperating, and of helping others. He/she is growing toward the adult that he/she will become. It is the role of every teacher at Gianelli’s to provide the raw materials, the tools, and the permission to explore. The teacher is there to aid the child’s discoveries.We use the Montessori term “the prepared environment” to mean the classroom in which materials are set up to be self-contained, self-corrective, orderly and sequential. All activities at Gianelli’s are meant to entice the child’s interest and lead him/her towards discovery. The teacher can open doors for him/her one by one as he/she sees the child’s interest is piqued and ready. Our role as teachers is to be a custodian, a guide, a model, a helper and most of all a friend.
The best way a child can concentrate is by fixing his attention on a task he/she is performing with their hands.It is the aim of our program to provide a spontaneous and purposeful atmosphere, and a natural environment for each child where everything is suitable for his/her growth; where possible obstacles to development are removed and where the child is provided with the means to exercise his/her growing faculties.
A child’s work is to create the person he/she will become.We want our Center to meet the needs of each child in order to nourish the bodies and minds of happy and healthy children who can reach their highest potential. The program is concentrated on observation skills, language skills, physical strength and coordination, and on the development of a positive self-concept in the pursuit of learning and self-actualization.
Our 5 senses are the door to our intellectual development.To reach this goal, the learning environment is structured so as to train the child’s senses; to stimulate curiosity, to satisfy needs, to know and to protect from unnecessary failures and, above all, to give the child a feeling that he/she is wanted and loved.