Welcome to Wauwatosa Montessori School Parent Information Meeting
Agenda • Overview and Information - 10 min • The Montessori Learning Environment - 20min • Questions - 10min • Facility Walk-Thru and Tour - 20 min
Our Staff • William AndersonPrincipal • Jessica BahrTeaching Assistant Upper Ele • Tyler BurmeisterBand • Sarah CrabtreeMusic • Tierra DiCarloChildren’s House • Suzanne GraberMusic • Kathryn HartungWorld Language • Shannon KobinskyChildren’s House • Melissa LangPhy Ed • Char Murphy Administrative Assistant • Jenny LeighArt • Linda O’Brien Teaching Assistant Lower Ele • Tracy Raasch Upper Elementary • Margaret SezemskyLower Elementary • Haley StozekOrchestra • Erica TomeTA Children’s House (JK & SK) • Kristee Yardly-Catlett TA Children’s House (JK & SK)
Background • Wauwatosa Montessori School is built upon the educational legacy of Dr. Maria Montessori, which began more than 100 years ago. • Dr. Montessori was the first female physician to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School. • In 1907, Dr. Montessori discerned a fundamental premise about children – all children are uniquely intelligent. This was a unique concept for this time and continues to be innovative.
More Recent Research • Piaget, Gardner, Goleman and many other current educational theorist validate this premise. • Dr. Montessori’s focus on the whole child moves away from the traditional adult-centered classroom to an environment and methodology that is designed to facilitate the development of the child’s independence and sense of personal empowerment.
Our Goal • To provide children with an authentic Montessori education that will foster a love of learning, self-confidence, personal creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. • Our academic program will assist children in discovering their true potential through the nurturing of their intelligence and creativity. • You are giving your children an outstanding preparation for middle school, high school, college and life.
Our Journey - 2011 • Wauwatosa Montessori School opened its doors September 2011. • Student population of 63 students. • 3 teachers, 3 teacher assistants • 3 classrooms and Multi-purpose room • One section of Children’s House • One section of Lower Elementary • One section of Upper Elementary • Kitchen – not staffed
Our Journey - 2012 • Student population of 87 students. • 3.5 teachers, 4 teacher assistants, 1 administrator and 1 administrative assistant. • 3 classrooms and multi-purpose room • Two section of Children’s House • One section of Lower Elementary • One section of Upper Elementary • New children’s house classroom • Art/World Language classroom • New gym
2012 continued • New main office • Kitchen – Staffed • Front lobby and entryway • New signage • Outside landscape upgrades along building • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) • Cub Scout Pack 111 • STEM club (students and parents) • Communication and webpage improvements • Parent education opportunities (Book Club)
2013-14 School Year • Add second classroom of lower elementary • Classroom expansion – need parent input • Breitlow Field up-grades • Weather Station – WeatherBug Network • Gardens ……. • Outdoor main entrance – murals • Before & After school program • Wednesday afternoon program Rec Programming (2:20pm – 3:20pm)
Enrollment/Application • Lottery • Sibling Preference • Prior Montessori Experience (4K and Beyond) • Application Window • February 4-22nd Lottery drawing on March 1st. • Applications can be turned in Student Services, Our office, or home school main office. • You must be a current Wauwatosa resident or currently enrolled in the District • Info and applications are located on our web page @ http://www.wauwatosa.k12.wi.us/schools/elementary/montessori/montessori_enrollment.cfm#d258893
Wauwatosa Public Montessori School Parent Information – Overview of Montessori at the Children’s House level 2013
Welcome to Wauwatosa Montessori School! Wauwatosa is a leader in Public Montessori education We have both a Children’s House and an Elementary Training Institute here in Milwaukee
Maria Montessori 1870-1952 • Born in Italy • Italy’s 1st female medical doctor • Began her teaching career by working with children with disabilities • Approached education using the Scientific Method
Sensitive Periods • Language • Order • Refinement of the senses • Social behavior • Movement
Observation • Montessori discovered all children go through Sensitive Periods in which they can learn concepts with virtually no effort.
Areas of Children’s House • Practical Life • Sensorial • Language • Math • Culture
Practical Life Children gain skills that are essential for Independence : Concentration Coordination Control of Movement Independence
Practical Life also teaches and encourages: Care of Self Care of Others Care of the Environment
Sensorial Sensorial helps the child to order & classify, as well as refine the senses.
Brown Stair Sensorial Materials Pink Tower
Botany Cabinets Sensorial Materials Color Tablets
Constructive Triangles Sensorial Materials Constructive Triangles
Language Language allows us to interact, communicate, contribute and relate to one another. Language in Children’s House consists of Spoken Language, Writing, and Reading.
Reading in the Library Language Cursive Practice in sand
Mathematics The Mathematics in Children’s House involve both the hand and the mind. Montessori realized that it is essential for the child to have orderly sensorial impressions; repeated concrete experiences are the basis of mathematical concepts.
Formation of numbers with beads and cards Mathematics Cards and Counters