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NMC's Goals and Objectives

The main objective of Northville Montessori Center is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help children develop the foundational habits, attitudes, skills, and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning.

The specific goals for the children who attend the school are:

  • To develop a positive attitude toward school and learning
  • To create a sense of high self-esteem
  • To build habits of concentration for lifelong study skills
  • To develop and foster an abiding curiosity
  • To nurture habits of initiative and persistence
  • To foster inner discipline and a sense of order
  • To acquire sensory-motor skills in order to sharpen the ability to discriminate and judge
  • To develop socially acceptable behavior
  • To earn the basic skill necessary for a lifetime of learning
  • To encourage each child's innate, ultimate potential through high expectations

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. She or he must do it by her or himself, or it will never be done. A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years he or she spends in the classroom because that person is motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Dr. Montessori felt, therefore, that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate the child's own natural desire to learn.

In the Montessori classroom, this objective is approached in two ways: first, by allowing each child to experience the exitement of learning by his or her own choice rather than by being forced; and, second, by helping the child perfect his/her natural tools for learning, so that the child's abilities will be maximized for future learning situations. The Montessori materials have this dual, long-range purpose, in addition to their immediate purpose of giving specific information to the child.

Northville Montessori utilizes these principles to develop creativity, self-motivation and a joy of learning in young children. As the child progresses, we transition from concrete to abstract learning while maintaining the spirit of the Montessori method. Within each class, children of mixed ages work in a cooperative environment, maintaining their individuality and absorbing knowledge without being limited by a rigid curriculum.