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. Our teachers use both concrete teaching materials and a well-defined innovative curriculum tailored to each three-year cycle.
The three-year age range in each class provides a multitude of benefits that are immediately apparent when observing a typical Montessori classroom. Younger children in each group have an opportunity to observe and imitate the older students as they work. Older students have an opportunity to reinforce their own knowledge by explaining what they are doing and assisting younger children. The third year in the cycle is truly empowering to the children, both socially and academically. Each child can learn and develop at his own pace within a classroom that accommodates many levels of ability and complexity.
The Montessori teacher is specially trained to observe each child and to design lessons based on that child’s natural curiosity and love of learning. The teacher is responsible for preparing the educational environment within each classroom and for presenting lessons in that environment. During the course of a day, the teacher will demonstrate a wide array of concrete sensorial materials and sequential activities through individual instruction. The child soon learns to associate abstract concepts with hands-on experience.