Montessori is a hands-on, follow the child approach. The Montessori Toddler Community is specially designed for children aged 18 months to 2 1/2 years.
The Montessori Casa program is best thought of as a mutli-year curriculum. The child’s growth and development in the classroom is much like the growth of a tree. First, the seeds are planted. Then, the tree is given the opportunity to grow and absorb all the rich offerings of its environment. Finally, the tree, with its roots firmly planted within the ground can begin to bear fruit. A child completing the full cycle reaps the full benefits of the meticulously crafted curriculum.
We strive to prepare children to be independent, capable, resilient, and self-motivated. Our carefully prepared environments, our Montessori teachers, and activities are all carefully designed with these long-term goals in mind. One of these aspects is the use of encouragement vs. praise.
Our Fall Parent Education Evenings were a rousing success! Thank you to all our wonderful teachers for preparing their presentations and handouts. Thank you to all our families who took time out of their busy schedules to attend.
The Christie Parent Evening covered the “Creation of Self-Discipline.”
The Montessori classrooms are environments prepared for children to learn and develop in a holistic manner – physically, mentally, academically, and socially. The teachers provide support, guidance, set and maintain expectations, and ensure safety, in order to lay the foundation for a child’s exploration and discovery.
Children from birth to 6 are like sponges that absorb everything they are exposed to – their experiences, their environment, the people they are surrounded by, and the language they hear.
As we all know, communicating with the child under 6 can be an art – one that is practiced and developed and tweaked for each individual we encounter.
Simone Davies mentioned spending most of her time in her classroom “putting out fires” – providing help to children, preventing conflict, and dealing with all the little daily situations that arise.