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 »
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 »
Hands-on Projects are Creative, Collaborative and Arts and Music Focused In addition to its authentic Montessori curriculum, Villa Montessori is proud to offer an enriching Reggio-inspired program to enrolled students who are preschool age through sixth grade. Reggio offers a more hands-on, exploratory approach to learning, and focusses on S.T.E.A.M., in particular art and music… Continue Reading »