What is Montessori?
The Montessori method understands and aids the child’s natural process of growth and learning. For over 100 years, it has been based on self-directed activities, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, developed this philosophy in the early 1900’s, and it has been implemented throughout the world ever since. Caedmon has made modifications to this method over the past fifty years, creating a blend of Montessori and traditional pre-school elements, all while infusing core Montessori principles into our robust Elementary program.
Montessori in Caedmon’s Early Childhood Program
When you enter our Montessori classroom, the materials and activities are clearly organized into distinct areas and are presented with great care. Through active engagement, the classroom develops independence, coordination, concentration, organization and most importantly, curiosity. The areas of the Early Program classroom provide an extraordinary range of materials to foster social and academic growth and include: language arts, mathematics, sensorial, practical life, geography, science, cultural arts, art, a book corner, and a block area. The prepared environments and work tools are beautiful and peaceful for children, giving them a place to learn and grow at ease and with grace. In addition to working in the Montessori classroom, children attend several specialist classes including music, art, movement, science, and library arts.
Play is a vital component of early childhood development and is encouraged and enjoyed in the classroom. Children are provided many opportunities for open-ended and creative play. Socialization is a key aspect of the program and significant focus is placed on facilitating successful social interaction among the children.
Montessori in Caedmon’s Elementary Program
Many of the specialized materials designed by Montessori over a century ago are replaced with other manipulatives and technology more appropriate for today. A Montessori program equips children with the skills necessary to be independent learners. They are taught how to prioritize work, budget time, and ask for help when needed. These critical skills prepare children to be successful students. Instruction in mathematics and language arts is organized around small, flexible, ability-based instructional groups. Homework, classroom tests and evaluations, and standardized testing have been incorporated to help prepare children for middle school.
Montessori for All
Montessori education is appropriate for all children. Montessori schools offer children opportunities to express their unique personalities, and help each child develop a sense of creativity, confidence, inquisitiveness, and individuality.