Montessori Philosophy

Primary Curriculum

Elementary Curriculum

Gifted / Title I

Programs - Co-curricular programming

Montessori Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on the ideas of Dr. Maria Montessori who believed strongly in the contributions to humanity that the child could make. Believing that in order to create peace one must start with the child, she designed a prepared environment in which the child was free to develop. Children are given freedom to work at their own pace. They may choose to work with a group of children, individually, or with a partner. Children are encouraged to help one another, and the older children tend to lead the younger ones. The teacher acts as facilitator and keen observer to aid the natural development of the child. Ultimately, children develop a sense of pride in their work and guide themselves to success. Our goal is to create students who love to learn and are joyful in their work.

Montessori Compared To Traditional Teaching Methods

Montessori Method

Traditional Teaching

Emphasis is on cognitive, social and emotional development

Emphasis is on cognitive development

Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration

Fewer materials for sensory development

Environment and method encourage self-discipline and problem solving strategies

Teacher is primary enforcer of discipline mostly through forms of punishment

Mixed age grouping provides the child with a sense of community where children work to help and teach each other

Same age grouping

Children are able to work together cooperatively

Cooperative grouping is minimal

Teacher (directress) is a facilitator

Teacher is in control

Mainly individual and small group instruction

Mainly group instruction

Child chooses own work, with encouragement from teacher

Set curriculum is structured for the child

Child can work where he chooses, move around, eat snack, and talk when he desires, as long as he is not disturbing the work of others.

Child must usually sit in chair, not talk to friends, eat only at lunchtime, and work on set work

Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching (didactic) materials

Child is guided to concepts by the teacher

Child may work at own learning pace

Instruction pace is usually set by group norm

Child works as long as he needs on a chosen project

Child is generally allotted specific time for work on a specific project or assignment
Projects usually chosen by the teacher

Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work with intrinsic feelings of success. Learning is its own reward

Learning is reinforced extrinsically by repetition and rewards. Teachers work to motivate the child to learn

Materials are self-correcting. Child spots own errors from feedback of material

If work is corrected, errors usually are pointed out by the teacher

Organized program for learning care of self and environment in order to develop independence. Washing hands, sweeping floor, polishing shoes

Less Emphasis on self-care instruction

Organized program for parents to understand the Montessori philosophy and participate in the learning process

Voluntary parent involvement













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