Objectives

0-3 Program Objectives

 

 The Montessori 0-3 Program differs from a “playgroup” because the overall objective is to enhance parent awareness of children’s capabilities and need for independence and to provide a nurturing environment where very young children experience their first structured contact with other children.  Parents attend with their child each week for a 1½ hour session in the specially prepared Montessori environment

The 0-3 program is a prepared environment designed to support the child’s need for purposeful activity.  There are many carefully designed materials to meet the child’s natural interests.  The atmosphere is positive, supportive and non competitive. The 0-3 materials may look simple, but they are precisely designed, based on years of observation, experiment and study.

The range of activities includes:

  • Materials to aid sensory motor development.
  • Materials to aid eye-hand co-ordination and equilibrium.
  • Materials to aid refinement of hand movement.
  • Language development and enrichment.
  • Practical Life activities and the development of independence.
  • Art activities.
  • Music and movement.

 

The Montessori program is prepared to help children accomplish their goals in their own manner, whether we call it work or play.  Gradually the children reveal qualities for which they are not usually given credit, such as intense concentration and surprising attention span; exactness and precise movement; a sense of order; maximum effort by very little ones; self discipline and respect for others; peacefulness and kindness; and an obvious joy in “work.”

Play is the young child’s work.  The object of their efforts is the creation of the adult they will become.  The child shows clearly an inner need to learn to know themselves and their world.  They want very much to develop their intelligence, to learn to control their motions precisely, to explore and order their impressions of the world, to become independent and responsible.

In the first two months of life, the infant, having moved from the comfort of the womb, learns to trust the new outside world.  During the rest of the first year of life, infants learn to trust in themselves: “I can do; I am able.”  In the next two years, they confirm that they are able to act in the world:  “I am worthwhile; I can contribute.”  The overall goal, one that overshadows the particular goals of “curriculum areas,” is a profound self-esteem and healthy, happy strong self-image.

“Our work as adults does not consist in teaching, but in helping the infant mind in its work of development.”  Maria Montessori (1870-1952)




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