What is the Montessori philosophy and how can your child benefit from this philosophy?
Montessori educators believe that children learn best within a warm, social environment that supports and encourages children to develop their full potential.
At The Children’s Cornerstone, your child will benefit from core Montessori components such as:
- The “Whole Child Approach”- The Montessori method encourages not only cognitive learning, social skills, and physical coordination, but also strongly focuses on emotional growth, independent learning and the development of self-esteem.
- The Prepared Environment – A Montessori classroom is specifically arranged to create self-directed learning. The materials, social climate and the role of the teacher support the child’s natural curiosity and initiative in a safe, positive climate.
- The Montessori Materials/Activities – The learning equipment is designed and created to be multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting so the child gradually masters various skills and the understanding of abstract concepts.
- The Montessori Teacher –The educator is one who directs the learning process. He/she functions as a resource person, role model, demonstrator, record-keeper and meticulous observer of children’s behavior and growth.
Why choose a Montessori education for your child?
Dr. Maria Montessori’s studies revealed that from birth through age six the child is naturally developing key stages of development. These “sensitive periods” are marked as times when the child is most curious and excited about exploring the world around them.
The Children’s Cornerstone nurtures and stimulates these sensitive periods by offering a variety of materials/activities for the child to manipulate and experience.
What does The Children’s Cornerstone offer that your child will not get at a traditional preschool and kindergarten?
You will see the difference the minute you walk into our school! The materials used to support the learning process are all unique to a Montessori classroom. Children are also free to choose activities of interest. Teachers observe the child and guide the learning process assuring that mastery of each skill occurs. Development of the whole child is achieved through thoughtful selection of what materials/activities are to be presented and offered.
Are Montessori children successful later in life?
Research shows that the best predictor of future success is a sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs help children develop good self-images and the confidence to face challenges and change with optimism because they are based on self-directed activities. Children who attend Montessori programs are unusually adaptable and have learned to work independently as well as in groups. Since they’ve been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, Montessori children are problem-solvers who can make choices and manage their time effectively. They have also been encouraged to exchange ideas, to discuss their work freely with others, and their strong communication skills ease their way into new settings.
How is discipline maintained in Montessori schools?
At The Children’s Cornerstone, each child is expected to be respectful of the teachers and his/her peers. If a child is disrespectful or cannot stay with his/her work, the child will be redirected. If redirection does not help, the child is required to sit with or work along side the directress until the student is ready to work as expected. We believe children should not be subjected to ridicule and embarrassment. If a child is repeatedly or unusually disrespectful and disruptive, the child’s parents will be notified. It is important that the school and the parents work together for the benefit of the child.
What is the Montessori curriculum?
Montessori children work in two general areas: character education and academic education. At The Children’s Cornerstone, we strongly focus on children learning to take care of themselves, their environment and each other. Cooking, cleaning, building, moving gracefully, speaking politely, being considerate and helpful are part of character education. Academic education is highly regarded, as well. Parents are usually surprised to find that students are reading, writing and completing high-level arithmetic at an early age. The classroom is arranged according to specific subject areas: practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, science, history/geography and the arts. Children are always free to move around the room to select their “work”. Completing activities on the floor is commonplace. All types of intelligence and styles of learning are nurtured: musical, kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, intuitive, linguistic, and logical. Student progress reports include teacher’s observation notes, record of
activities and skills mastered, as well as formal assessments completed.
Why do Montessori schools have mixed-age classrooms?
Children are grouped in mixed ages and abilities. At The Children’s Cornerstone, students ages 3-6 work in the same environment. There is constant interaction, problem solving, child-to-child teaching, and socialization. The learning environment is prepared to support this wide range of developmental levels.
What is the role of the teacher?
The teacher, also called the directress, serves to guide the children through careful observations. The directress plans individual materials/activities that are developmentally appropriate for each child. If a child masters a concept or new skill, the teacher guides the child forward with more challenging activities that the child finds interesting.