An Explanation of Learning Foundations

“Give the child the key and they will unlock the door.”  Research shows that “less is best.”  If we try to give the child too much, very little is learned in a meaningful way and the joy of discovery is taken from the student.  Research also shows that learning must be applied and organized in the mind of the learner and is best facilitated through real world experiences.  Of great importance is the integration of the broader aspects of understanding with the component details.  The learning foundations reflect some of the abilities and that children will generally develop during their school years.

The Montessori School of Maui’s Use of Learning Foundations

The key to assisting children in developing their potential is in understanding the stages of development experienced during childhood and adolescence and then creating developmentally appropriate learning environments to meet students’ needs and interests.  Because every child follows their own developmental time line we understand that students will acquire skills and competencies at varying rates.  Teachers present lessons, observe the children’s progress, expect students to be responsible for their learning choices, and create enriched learning environments.  MOMI Learning Foundations support this effort and focus.

Readiness, Stages of Development and Learning Foundations

Developmentally appropriate practice is based on understanding the developmental changes children experience during childhood and on the multiple ways that children learn.  Readiness is not an indication of intelligence or ability.  Physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development is closely related, and children’s development is best served when viewed holistically.  Though development occurs in a relatively orderly sequence, it is highly individual and proceeds in varying rates from child to child.  A complete discussion of the knowledge base that informs Montessori practice is beyond the scope of this document.  Information related to development can be found in the school’s library.

Learning Foundations are Shared with Everyone

Learning Foundations need to be shared with all concerned: students, parents and teachers.  Copies are available in every classroom and in the office, upon request.