- April 1, 2019
The heart of the Montessori philosophy tells us to “Follow the Child”. Maria Montessori believed strongly that each child is unique and that through constant observation a teacher learns to gage each child’s potential as well as how to help them to learn from the environment around them. Individualized programming is now a popular concept and it seems that everyone is catching on to a theory that is inherently part of Montessori philosophy. The one-size-fits-all educational approach no longer suits the needs of students, nor their teachers. We need innovative, creative thinkers who not only know content, but can apply their knowledge to new challenges and problems. Under the guidance of the teacher, students at UMS are given the opportunity to learn at their own pace to understand concepts fully before moving on to a new lesson. Teachers are constantly observing each student to see if they need more practice or if they are ready to move to the next challenge. When a difficulty arises, our teachers are able to help the child overcome it by using specialized materials or by introducing a different approach because, through their observation, he/she knows the abilities and learning capacity of each child. At UMS we teach to each student and not to the class. Students at UMS are allowed to achieve his or her potential, without pressure, and to develop a keen sense of self.
Personalized programming; reaching every child, every time.