The term Montessori embodies both a philosophy and a method of education. The programs at our school focus on the development of each child’s full potential using teachers specially trained in the Montessori Method and philosophy.
In a Montessori classroom, every exercise, every method and every piece of equipment takes advantage of a child’s inherent desire to learn. Children are free to work in groups or on their own. They may sit at a table or move about the room. Here, the curriculum and teachers’ role are all carefully designed to honor self-paced growth while encouraging social cooperation.
The materials and exercises in a Montessori classroom not only help the children achieve direct, immediate goals, such as dressing and cleaning up after themselves, or learning the sounds of each letter of the alphabet, but also serve an indirect purpose of laying the foundation for future work and learning. For example, the math materials are a series of exercises that start with the most concrete and basic introduction to numerals and quantity. The lessons build upon themselves, adding layers of abstractness and an increasing understanding of mathematical concepts, until the child is eventually able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with a deeply ingrained understanding of those operations.
Montessori teachers closely monitor their students’ progress keeping the level of challenge high. Because they normally work with a child for two or three years teachers get to know their students strengths and interests, as well as their weaknesses and anxieties. Teachers are able to use the children’s interests to enrich the curriculum and provide alternate avenues for accomplishment and success.
Our classrooms consist of six areas…
Practical Life includes activities such as buttoning, sweeping, pouring, slicing, tying, etc. This area allows your child to practice the life skills needed to become an independent person.
Sensorial includes activities to stimulate and enhance the child’s senses (hearing, touch, smell, sight and taste).
Grace & Courtesy is indispensable for the functioning of any Montessori environment. It includes “please” and “thank you” and continues into socialization and health issues such as washing hands and blowing noses.
Language includes pre-reading and pre-writing materials such as the sand-paper letters and metal insets. There is also an advanced reading and writing curriculum for our older students.
Mathematics makes use of manipulative materials to enable the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.
Cultural focuses on a wide range of subjects including, but not limited to geography, music, science, and art, often incorporating the other areas of the Montessori classroom. Lessons in Spanish, French and other languages will be taught based on the experience of our teachers.
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