Montessori education is student-led and self-paced but guided, assessed and enriched by knowledgeable and caring teachers, the leadership of their peers and a nurturing environment. A Montessori education develops students who are capable, accountable, knowledgeable people who have the strong sense of self they will need to thrive in the real world.
Within the community of a multi-age classroom — designed to create natural opportunities for independence, citizenship and accountability — children embrace multi-sensory learning and passionate inquiry.
Given the freedom and support to question, probe deeply and make connections, Montessori students grow up to be confident, enthusiastic, and self-directed learners and citizens, accountable to both themselves and their community. They think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly and with integrity.
The 3-6 community encourages children to explore and discover, to collaborate with classmates and to take ownership of their education. The Montessori Method encourages self-directed learning that promotes self-confidence, independent thought and action, and critical thinking, while fostering social-emotional and intellectual growth.
Education for peace is a foundational component of Montessori education at all levels. At the Early Childhood level, the teaching of peace, social justice and global citizenship is based on fostering respect for all people and living things, and helping children learn the tools for peaceful conflict resolution.
6-9 And 9-12 Communities
The 6-9 and 9-12 Communities encourage an individually paced curriculum that challenges children academically and safeguards their well-being and sense of self. Engaging as contributing members of a respectful community, they learn to question, think critically and take responsibility for their own learning — skills that will support them in later education and in life. The elementary program is based on the belief that children learn best through movement and work with their hands, and provides cognitive, social and emotional support to help them reach their full potential.
This includes addressing their needs as they enter a new period of development characterized by:
- A transition from concrete to abstract thinking
- Growing interest in socialization
- Thinking and memory that is enhanced by creativity and imagination
- An interest in fairness, social justice and compassion
All information taken from the American Montessori Society website.
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