What is the Montessori method?
The method was created when Dr. Montessori utilized her education as a physician, to observe the developmental and cognitive needs of young children. She then developed a method of educating children by first observing the needs of the individual child and then responded with a well-prepared learning environment where children could learn at their own pace as self-directed and independent learners.
How are Montessori teachers trained?
Montessori teachers undergo rigorous Montessori-specific training at MACTE certified institutions. They are trained in all curriculum areas: science, math, language, geography, practical life, and sensorial subjects, as well as child development and special education. All Montessori teachers participate in at least a one-year internship in Montessori classroom, where they are introduced to all aspects of the classroom environment and supervised while mastering the lessons and materials.
What are the benefits of a multi-age classroom structure?
Montessori classrooms follow a three-year age span. The primary classroom is comprised of 3-6 year olds, the lower elementary includes 6-9 year olds, and an upper elementary classroom would encompass students who range from 9-12 years of age.
This arrangement allows teachers and students to develop a close working relationship. Teachers can observe each student’s personal and academic development and provide the necessary nurturing and guidance necessary for the student to maximize their learning experience, by allowing the student to proceed at their individual pace and attain appropriate goals.
A mixed-age environment welcomes students to share knowledge and experience learning in both roles as learner and teacher. This opportunity is ever-present and offers students with the ability to participate in the daily learning environment based on their interest, skill, and life experiences.
What kind of students come to Montessori Children’s House?
Students currently enrolled in Montessori Children’s House come from across the cultural, economic, and religious spectrums. We believe the broad diversity helps to enhance a student’s overall education.
By providing an environment rich with inspiration and learning, Montessori Children’s House attracts students who are eager, interested, and inquisitive. Students are encouraged to work independently within a classroom, and interact respectfully with teachers and other students. As self-directed learners, children at the Montessori Children’s House ask thought-provoking questions and are not afraid to make mistakes.
What does Montessori Children’s House look for in prospective families?
We seek out families interested in the Montessori method and how the Montessori Children’s House utilizes this educational approach. We appreciate families looking to form a valued relationship with our school, to ensure a child receives the best possible educational experience.