The Montessori Method is based on child-directed learning. Each child grows at his/her own pace and is provided with opportunities to experience freedom and overcome challenges. The classroom environment is specifically prepared for hands-on exploration, allowing preschoolers to forge their own learning paths.
In a Montessori classroom, independent activity and individual lesson plans constitute the majority of a child’s daily work. This encourages social interaction, peer teaching and emotional development. Montessori learning materials are bright, solid geometric forms, knobbed puzzles, colored beads and various shaped rods and blocks. Many of the materials are self-correcting and promote sensorial development.
Montessori classrooms are mixed-age group environments for students ages 3-5. Younger students experience the inspiration and guidance of older students, and older students become leaders by helping the younger children.
Montessori teachers have a Montessori certificate. Many have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education in addition to the Montessori certificate. Continuing education is required of all faculty.
The Montessori curriculum includes:
- HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS
- TEACHING STRATEGIES GOLD
- PRACTICAL LIFE
- SENSORIAL LEARNING
- MONTESSORI MATH
- LANGUAGE ARTS
- SCIENCE, HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY:
- ENRICHMENT IN SPANISH, MUSIC AND ART
- CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY