Maria Montessori Her goal through education was to raise a generation of people who would work to promote world peace “If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.”
Whole Child The Montessori approach provides a superior education, but is really designed to support the development of the human being.
Components of Montessori Chief Components • Independence • Self-motivation • Respect and love for life • Education for Life Important Supporting Components • Role of the adult • Role of the environment “Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world”
Education for Life Education comes from the Latin words educare, meaning to “bring up” and ducere, meaning “to lead.” We are raising, “bringing up” these children to be successful in all aspects of life and to develop and sustain a love for learning.
Role of the Environment Preparation of the environment is extremely important in providing Education for Life. Classrooms are designed to foster engagement, independence and self correction.
Environment Beautiful and Orderly
Environment Designed so materials are accessible and complete at all times.
Environment Designed to allow for freedom of choice and freedom of movement
Environment Specifically designed materials to help children explore their world, understand concepts and develop essential cognitive skills.
Role of the Adult The role of the adult is dynamic and requires a comprehensive understanding of the sensitive periods and planes of development. The adults in a Montessori environment must know how to guide and lead while fostering independent thinking and self direction.
Montessori’s Scientific Approach Planes of Development Sensitive Periods
Planes of Development • First Plane: 0 - 6 • Second Plane: 6 – 12 • Third Plane: 12 – 18 • Fourth Plane: 18 - 24
CMS CMS has: • 2 Casita Classrooms(18 months – 3 years) • 4 Children’s House Classrooms (3 years – 6 years) • 1 Lower Elementary Classrooms (6 years – 9 years) • 1 Upper Elementary Classroom (9 years – 12 Years)
First Plane (0 – 6) Sensitive Periods Independence Order Concentration Coordination
First Plane Curriculum • Practical Life • Sensorial • Language • Mathematics • Cultural
Practical Life Assists children in the development of coordination and concentration
Sensorial Helps children develop acuity within the five senses, and also helps them organize their intelligences
Primary Language Sandpaper letters Object boxes Metal Insets Chalkboard Moveable Alphabet Reading
Primary Mathematics Numbers 1 – 10 Connecting symbol to quantity Teens Hundreds Board Golden Beads Bank Game Other * Concrete materials
Cultural - Puzzle maps - Cultural folders - Geometry cabinet - Botany cabinet - Zoology - Nomenclature
Second Plane (6 – 12) Sensitive Periods Imagination Socialization Moral Justice
Characterized by Strength (physically strong and high levels of energy) Insatiable appetite for learning Physical changes (growth, losing of teeth) Less need for external order ( order is internalized) Desire for “big work” Socialization and desire for group projects and group work.
Curriculum • Cosmic Education (Give them the world!) History Geography Science Mathematics Geometry Language The arts
Cosmic Education Give the child the world… Every year, for six years, the elementary students receive five great lessons, providing a scaffolding for everything they learn for the rest of their lives.
Five Great Lessons • The Story of the Creation of the Universe • The Story of the Coming of Life • The Story of the Coming of Humans • The Story of the Coming of Language • The Story of the Coming of Mathematics
Great Lessons • Generate work • Open the doors of learning and research for all subject areas • Provide stimulation for the children who will begin working and researching independently • Allow the teacher time to meet and assess new students
Other Subjects • Fine arts and visual arts are integrated into the curriculum at all levels. • We do have a Spanish program: • Spoken language • Applying the language • Reading, writing and grammar (elementary)
Community Montessori School
Mission Statement Community Montessori School is a diverse partnership of parents, teachers and children; an independent, non-profit school embracing Montessori principles to develop the child’s full potential and life-long love of learning.
Core Values • Respect • Responsibility • Resourcefulness