At Little Einsteins Montessori, the children are the central people in the room, not the teachers (Montessori directresses). The Montessori method is child-centred, always following the children and observing their needs. The Montessori materials are hands on, child sized, and developed in a way that directly and indirectly educates each child. In the Montessori class the children become the teachers and the teachers become the observers.
The classroom, as a prepared environment, is also very important in the education of the children. It is laid out by the directresses in such a manner that it is a calm, peaceful place for each child to work. Every child learns differently with sensitive periods at different times. The teachers are very skilled in observing these sensitive periods, keeping note of each child's sensitive period, their development of skills and then planning forward for each individual child.
Each Montessori exercise has an inbuilt control of error which allows the children to not only see the mistake they have made but it gives them the means and the opportunity to figure out the correct way to do it. Through teaching themselves the correct way to complete the exercise, the children are proud and excited and will usually then repeat the exercise over and over.
While working with Montessori’s materials, the children’s natural curiosity is enhanced, their independence is increased and in turn their confidence grows. Children can work on the floor on a mat, at a table, independently, with a teacher or friend, or in a group. Peer tutoring and mentoring among the different aged groups is something that happens naturally in the Montessori environment. This empowers children and builds their confidence and self esteem, in understanding their own abilities, skills and strengths and how they can make valued contributions.