Using Montessori philosophy and AMI standards, South Florida Montessori Academy provides a safe and stimulating prepared environment which, through discovery and exploration, allows children to develop holisticially. This education builds a solid foundation for a child's life. The end result of such an education is an independent, self-confident child with a love of learning.
The Montessori environment is carefully prepared to encourage exploration and facilitate learning. All parts of the classroom are scaled to the size of the student, and children are free to respond to their natural drive to work spontaneously and independently with scientifically-designed Montessori materials. All Montessori classrooms are designed for multiage groupings which allow both individual and social development. Both older and younger children benefit from such an enriched learning environment. Younger children benefit from the broader perspective and experience of the older children who are there to help them, while older students have the opportunity to refine their skills by assisting the younger children. Each child’s unique personality is encouraged and each child is respected as an important member of the community.
Children’s inherent love of learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in meaningful activities under the guidance of a trained adult. Because learning is a natural activity, children choose their own work. Students learn more easily and concentrate for longer periods of time when they choose what they want to learn. Classroom materials are carefully constructed to provide children with a hands-on understanding of the subject. Montessori materials are self-correcting so the child cannot progress until they do the work correctly. This gives children the opportunity to learn using the powerful method of trial-and-error. All objects and materials in a Montessori classroom share similar characteristics: they are proprtioned, limited, simple, and inviting.