THE LEARNING PROCESS
Learning at Montessori Life is about more than facts. What the children learn is impressive but what is more impressive is who they become once they've learned it. Montessori materials are beautiful and draw the interest of the child. Once demonstrated, the child can interact with the materials independently as they are self-correcting. An example of Self- correcting would be two colors that don't match or a block left over.
"The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school but for life" - Maria Montessori
HELP FROM HOME
Another aspect of our culture at Montessori Life is the family. We invite parents to observe their children at work or even volunteer in certain areas of the program. During the registration process, there will be an opportunity for families to share how they plan to support their child's growth and development.
" I think I have learned that the best way to lift one's self up is to help someone else"
- Booker T. Washington
WHAT TO WEAR
Students are encouraged to dress for comfort. Clothing should be easy for children to fasten or unfasten independently. Clothing should also be loose fitting to allow for unrestricted movement.
"We must help the child to
act for himself
will for himself
think for himself
this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit"
- Maria Montessori
The Montessori environment is carefully prepared in a way that promotes independence. The environment belongs to the children and they are encouraged to participate in the keeping of their environment. Early risers may help to prepare the classroom for the day and all students work together at the end of the day to clean the environment. These habits help children to take pride in their work and to take ownership of their place of work.
" The first aim of the prepared environment is, as far as it is possible, to render the growing child independent of the adult" - Maria Montessori
Meals provide golden opportunities students to practice grace and courtesy. Its also where teachers have a chance to laugh with students and listen to what they are eager to share! Full time students bring a sack lunch each day. Packing a lunch provides opportunities for families to discuss healthy food choices and gives the child a chance to practice making healthy food choices from an early age. Part time pumpkins do not have to pack lunch because they are dismissed at lunch time or arrive after lunch time. Snack is provided daily for all students regardless of schedule. Early Riser students may bring breakfast with them when they arrive in the morning.