What makes a Montessori classroom unique?
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play.
In a Montessori classroom, students experience a child-centered program that has, at its core, a profound respect for the individual child and an understanding that each child is unique and develops at his/her own pace.
The Montessori preschool classroom for ages 3 through 5 years old is a "living room" for children. Children choose their work from among the self-correcting materials displayed on open shelves, and they work in specific work areas.
The Montessori classroom
Another unique aspect of the curriculum is the manner in which all subjects are integrated with one another to create a universal - or cosmic education.
In the Montessori Classroom:
- There is mixed-aged grouping.
- Everyone shares materials.
- Collaboration is encouraged.
- Independence is fostered.
- Self-discipline is encouraged.
- Students learn conflict resolution.
- The materials "teach."
- The work period is open-ended.
- The children set their own learning pace.
- Students share responsibility for the care of the environment.
Developmentally appropriate materials
Children are encouraged to choose and work with developmentally appropriate materials in a prepared, supportive learning environment where success is built-in and where the surroundings are both orderly and attractive.
In this setting, learning becomes its own reward, and children are evaluated on the basis of their individual progress, not in comparison to their peers.
Within the Montessori approach, children develop into a "normalized community", working with high concentration and few interruptions.
- Normalization is the process whereby a child moves from being undisciplined to self-disciplined, from disordered to ordered, from distracted to focused, through work in the environment.
- The process occurs through repeated work with materials that captivate the child’s attention.
- For some children, this inner change may take place quite suddenly, leading to deep concentration.
- In the Montessori preschool, academic competency is a means to an end, and the manipulatives are viewed as “materials for development.”
Practical Life/Everyday Living
Goal: To help children care for themselves and their environment.
Goal: To refine sensory experiences and their ability to observe, compare, discriminate (see, hear, touch, taste, and smell), reason, decide and problem solve.
Goal: To develop reading and writing readiness that lead to reading and writing in English (auditory, visual, and fine motor preparation, whole language and phonics).
Goal: To develop exactness, concreteness, logic, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Children progress from a concrete to an abstract understanding of quantities and symbols.
Goal: To develop active scientific investigation, experimentation and discovery.
Goal: To learn about the physical and cultural world and to appreciate its diversity.
Goal: To develop visual creativity of children through exploration of various art media.
Music and Movement
Goal: To distinguish rhythm, pitch, timbre, intensity, form, cultural origination of music and fine and gross motor skills.
- Classes start each year the Tuesday after Labor Day and end the Friday before Memorial Day
- Classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:15 - 11:15 a.m.
- Students need to be three years of age by September 1 of the enrollment year
- Registration fee: $25
- Tuition: $110/monthly