For the past several months, we have taken an in-depth look at the areas that comprise the Montessori classroom. Our final area to discuss is Cultural Studies. The Montessori cultural studies curriculum provides opportunities for children to explore the larger world. Students learn about the people, terrain and animals of each continent as part of a rich exploration of… Continue Reading »
Over the past several months, we have taken an in-depth look at how the Montessori classroom prepares a child for the rigors of academia and life. Much like math, language arts is the culmination of all the skills a child has learned through the other areas of the classroom, such as practical life and sensory learning. Dr…. Continue Reading »
According to Dr. Maria Montessori, the absorbent mind occurs from birth until approximately the age of six. During this time period, a child experiences a period of intense mental activity that allows him or her to “absorb” learning from their environment on an unconscious level with very little effort. Learning during this absorbent mind period is natural and… Continue Reading »
Understanding the Montessori Method: Learning Through Senses Dr. Maria Montessori believed that children have “sensitive periods” for learning. She observed that the first six years of children’s lives are directed by their absorbent minds. Learning is never-ending and begins at birth. As newborns, we immediately start to explore our environment through our senses and begin to learn about our… Continue Reading »
The Montessori Method is often a mystery to a lot of parents. They may have heard of Montessori, but have no understanding of its ideology. Over the next several months, we will dive more deeply into the Five Key Learning Areas of Montessori and how children develop academically and socially. These five areas include: Practical Life Sensorial Language Mathematics Culture… Continue Reading »
Montessori & Reggio are very free flowing curriculums in that the children’s day moves based on their interests. Outside of meal, recess and rest times, the day moves based on children’s selections of materials.
The children come in and are greeted by the teacher. Children wash their hands. They begin their three-hour work cycle that focuses on the five main areas of the classroom: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Science/Geography. During that three-hour work cycle, the child will pick a work that has already been presented to them by… Continue Reading »
This holiday season, Villa Montessori students and staff members refuse to let COVID-19 steal their holiday joy. As 2020 draws to a close, our school has several special events planned for the month of December that will help students discover more about the holidays on a global level – while also teaching the importance of assisting… Continue Reading »
Because of the environment that we provide, focusing on independence and fostering the love of learning, children are able to transition well from Montessori to a traditional-learning school. Children with a Montessori early childhood education are generally more advanced in reading and math then children who do not have a Montessori background.
Our lead teachers are experienced and certified Montessori teachers. Since Montessori is a very individualized curriculum, Montessori teachers must track each child’s progression through the materials as the children are self-paced. The children know they must master an activity before they are able to progress to the next material. Having mixed-age groups creates purpose and intention as… Continue Reading »