Mission & Method
Nampa Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten’s mission is to empower 3-6 year olds by unfolding their potential as a whole and unique person. NMPK is committed to an individualized education that allows children to develop at their own pace. Our nurturing environment is created for children, to foster a love of learning, while developing independence, critical thinking skills, respect, and responsibility to self, others, and the environment.
The Montessori Method
The Montessori Method was designed to promote the understanding of children and their needs. Children discover in their own way and in their own time. The most important contribution that Montessori makes is in the development of our children’s attitudes and approaches to learning. The four major elements of the method are:
1. Individualized education – Dr. Montessori realized that all children are different and should not be held to the pace or interest of others.
2. Prepared environment conducive to self-discovery – The child is free to move about the classroom at will, to talk to other children, to work with any material whose purpose he/she understand, or to ask the teacher to introduce the new material to him/her. He/she is not free to disturb other children at work or to abuse the material that is so important to his/her development.
3. Self-teaching / self-correcting materials – Montessori materials introduce abstract concepts in a concrete “hands on” way. There are six main areas of the Montessori classroom: practical life; sensorial; language; math; sciences and geography.
4. A Directress (teacher) trained in the Montessori philosophy and methods; the directress prepares the environment, perceives the child’s needs and facilitates the child’s growth in learning. The Directress is the child’s advocate and has respect for the child’s entire being.