The Montessori philosophy of education is founded on respect for self, respect for others and respect for the environment. Peaceful environments are created and designed to attract and engage the children by meeting their physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual needs. Children with a broad range of interests and abilities learn to interact respectfully as a community.
Our classrooms are carefully prepared environments in which children are guided by individual, small group and collective lessons, followed by practice leading to mastery in an individualized progression. Education for peace is central to every area of the curriculum.
Practical Life contains activities that provide opportunities to learn how to care for self, others and the environment. The aim of these activities is to develop grace, courtesy, control of movement, order, concentration, coordination and independence.
Sensorial contains materials designed to refine visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory and gustatory perceptions.
Mathematics leads the child to understand quantity, symbol and operations leading to the development of a mathematical mind.
Language includes sound and symbol activities that bring expressive, receptive and written language to appreciative consciousness.
Our curriculum also includes geometry, science, geography, history, music, art and Spanish.
The Montessori Elementary classroom is centered on exciting research-based learning. Elementary children initiate their own small-group projects which engage their intellectual and imaginative minds. The trained Montessori teacher guides the children with small-group, large-group and individualized lessons, directing each child toward developing reasoning abilities and life skills. This is accomplished in a special mixed-age environment where freedom of movement, planning, decision-making and relationship skills are emphasized.
Elementary children have a strong desire to understand the universe and their own place within it. They are driven to explore all facets of human culture. Areas of study in the Elementary community include art, biology, geometry, mathematics, history, geography and language. Music and Spanish classes are also integrated into the weekly schedule. The children are encouraged to explore all areas of study with research projects and trips outside the classroom to visit the local community (perhaps libraries, the nearby assisted living center, museums, stores, factories or farms). Our approach to education is inclusive and interdependent, stimulating a sense of connection not only between adults and children in our school community, but between each child and all humanity. We support the Elementary child’s innate need to have a role in bettering our world.
Before School and After School programs are available. A hot lunch is served family style to all students.