As kids spend most of their day at school, it’s imperative to harness an environment that fosters academic, emotional, and personal growth. Your child’s elementary years are a crucial influence on their development, and continue to be into their adult years. Private Montessori Elementary schooling focuses on education and habit-forming skills that help students both as individuals and as functioning members of society.
We provide foundational preparation for both life and work by nurturing the right skills, habits, and discipline, and teach students how and when to apply them. For the past 75 years, the Montessori Method encourages students as individuals by promoting their strengths and improving their weaknesses. We submerge our students in a communal environment, where they learn to understand their role in it through tactile and intellectual practices.
Our hands-on, independent learning approach allows space for students to observe, evaluate, and establish an understanding from a variety of perspectives. Exposing students to an environment that encourages enhanced social interaction let them comprehend complex ideas, formulate their own opinions, and grasp a deeper knowledge of abstract and concrete concepts. As this approach creates a love for learning, students benefit from quenching their curiosities, either on their own or through the help of their classmates.
The Montessori method allows each child a tailored approach to education that works with their strengths and weaknesses, not against them. From their toddler to teen years, each child’s creativity, curiosity, and intelligence is encouraged through exploration. Teachers allow students to investigate skills, questions, and interests by facilitating guidance in relation to their continuous experience. The Montessori classroom hones an environment that fosters the student’s learning rather than prioritizing the teacher’s teaching.
Unlike traditional schooling, which comes in the form of an authoritative lecture, Montessori views learning with a more holistic lens. Their multifaceted method involves the child, their environment, and their teacher, and how they can work synergistically and individually to provide each student with the proper skills and tools. The traditional teacher/student hierarchy is now diffused into a child-centered environment, making the student just as accountable. When children are allowed to progress at their own pace, a sense of initiative is instilled, and kids become accountable for both their academic education and creative approach.
The Montessori Method understands every child learns differently and requires their own way. Our teachers understand this, which is why they cultivate a program that caters specifically to their strengths, weaknesses, needs, and interests of each child. We design our classroom environments to allow children to actively engage in their learning. Teachers assess and build the necessary methods each student needs to build confidence in all their subjects.
The Montessori Method focuses on five key factors in all facets of their curriculum: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, and culture. Our school harvests a learning program for well-rounded students and gives the proper fundamentals of a curriculum to equip them for future decision-making.
When children are in our classroom, they are often grouped together with students within a three year age range. This structure encourages children to become role models, create roles with others, and manifests imitative learning. Children learn the reason for respecting others, become team players, and feel a part of a community. Harnessing these soft skills are imperative to the full development of every child.
Through this kind of developmental socialization, students learn self-correction and self-assessment. As children progress, they learn critical-thinking and problem-solving. Allowing children the freedom to question, analyze, deliberate, and connect (with themselves and other students), they gain confidence and independence.
The Montessori teacher’s main role is to design the environment, be resourceful, and demonstrate role model behaviour while comprehensively observing each child’s behavioural growth. All of our teachers undergo the required Montessori training and must constantly update their skills. As the teacher facilitates learning, they are to discern the given needs of every student in relation to developmental context.
Exposing kids to a learning environment that supports, nurtures, and offers positive feedback works in tandem with our learning programs. Every student is given the necessary tools and support for an evolving school environment that appropriately mimics the “real world”. Creating a positive learning environment gives kids an objective perspective and teaches how to relate empathy, along with learning basic skills.
As the Montessori classroom is a communal space that teaches teamwork, it’s through this same structure that we foster independence. Our environment wants the child to discover and learn independently, as they would also do as an adult. Not only does this teach initiative, responsibility, discipline, and courage, children also take pride in doing things independently. Giving them simple activities such as washing dishes, caring for plants, folding washcloths, etc. teaches personal achievement and consequence in a space that relies on each student’s active participation.
The Montessori Elementary School’s purpose is to academically and socially prepare kids for further education. We believe in developing realistic skills that will not only help them thrive in a school environment, but to also equip them for any complex life situation. We know that the four walls of a classroom can be limiting, and traditionally can’t contain the right tools for practical and intellectual achievement. This is why we think outside of them, and encourage our students to as well.
Realistically, the best practice standard for one child may not apply to another, and learning happens through many means. We understand education goes beyond the words in a textbook, which is why we have a multi-pronged approach to learning. We approach education as a preparation tool for later schooling and life experiences. Providing a platform that not only gives permission for potential, but that also provides the sustenance it needs to achieve its full capacity, is what sets the Montessori Method apart.