THE MONTESSORI METHOD

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FUN FACT
Famous Montessori Alumni include:

Jeff Bezos
Julia Childs
Chelsea Clinton
George Clooney
Anne Frank
Bill Gates
Katherine Graham
Helen Hunt
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Princes William & Harry
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jimmy Wales
Will Wright

THE MONTESSORI METHOD OF EDUCATION

 

The Nurtured Child

Through the Montessori Method, we nurture your child’s life long love of learning so your child lives safely engaged with the world; always discovering a deeper sense of self and belonging while developing their maximum potential. 

In Montessori this nurturing is accomplished through a child-centered approach, the classroom environment, and the teacher.

Most importantly, at the center of a Montessori education is your child.

 

Child Centered (not compared)

When you walk into a Montessori class you will see a room filled with children self-choosing materials that hold within them layers upon layers of academic lessons. These lessons are systematically and intricately connected. After your child chooses lessons of interest, they learn at their own pace with minimal interruption as they are appropriately challenged for their age and individual needs.

Collaborative and group learning are emphasized using compelling subjects and materials that foster independence with social community.

Choice is a key component of the child-centered, Montessori education which empowers the child to feed curiosity with self-discipline.

Your child is not compared or competing with other children in their multi-age classroom. They are there to reach their own potential in their own learning style while practicing cooperation. This interaction fosters a real worldexperience with others of different ages, expertise, skills, and personalities.

Other key aspects:

  • Children learn to take broad concepts and narrow them into deep, learning experiences in areas of interest using expansive curricula.
  • Children are free to physically move in the classroom and learn actively with access to a safe, adjoining outdoor learning space .
  • Children are taught objective, self -evaluation through close teacher-student interaction in order to master skills according to state standards as well as freedom to exceed those standards according to your child’s readiness.

 

The Teacher’s Role

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” – Maria Montessori

One may wonder what, exactly, the teacher does in a Montessori class if they do not lecture or use textbooks. The role of the Montessori teacher is to be unobtrusive in the education experience of your child. Montessori teachers are specially trained to apply and model the following for every child:

 

Observe
Teachers observe the children to meet each child’s needs based on abilities and readiness.

Direct
If a child is stifled or has mastered a skill using Montessori materials, the teacher may direct a child to help another through a teach to learn approach. If an area is mastered, the teacher directs the child into another area of learning. A Montessori classroom can easily hold hundreds of lessons within the materials.

Adapt
Teachers adapt and mold the education experience to a child’s learning style according to the child’s physiological and mental needs. 

Guide
Teachers guide children in lessons as they gently transition each child to act, think, and discover for themselves.

Encourage
The Montessori teacher encourages individual and collaborative learning emphasizing cooperation and conflict resolution interwoven with practical life skills. 

Interact
The Montessori teacher interacts personally with each child to validate the child’s learning experience and foster trust in the education environment. 

Care
Our Montessori teachers at Cascadia care deeply about your child’s love of learning, your child’s sense of humor, sense of self, and belonging. Creating inclusive community happens through a peaceful, calm Montessori school environment.

 

The Classroom Environment

Classrooms are are determined by the child’s developmental range. At Cascadia our Lower Elementary program is for children 6-9 years old, our Upper Elementary is for 9-12 years, and the Middle School program is for adolescents 12-15 years old. 

Multi-age classrooms mirror natural social environments and real world experience. Older students teach to learn as they are encouraged to assist younger students which strengthens collaboration skills. 

The Montessori classroom utilizes beautiful Montessori materials organized for intellectual development.

In our classes, you will see students wearing

indoor slippers instead of shoes and our classrooms are filled with plants and animals. 

You will also notice throughout the day children actively complete jobs around school such as washing dishes, cleaning, taking out the trash, gardening, or straightening shelves. 

At Cascadia, be sure to tour our Larkspur classroom to visit the school tarantula, Gogo. 

 

History, Summary, And Reading List

The internationally known “Montessori Method” is based on the idea that education is an aid to life. Dr. Maria Montessori, Italy’s first female physician and one of the first developmental psychologists, developed the Montessori Method in 1907. Her method fosters a deep respect for each child’s innate desire to learn and develop to his/her fullest potential. The philosophy behind the Montessori Method is to stimulate and facilitate each child’s interest in learning with little to no adult intervention. To accomplish this tremendous task, each child must have the freedom to explore his/her own potential through interaction within a prepared environment. However, the freedom of each child is balanced with a sense of responsibility within non-restrictive boundaries. By fostering such independence, the child can become his/her own teacher and develop his/her own intellectual, emotional, and physical powers. The Montessori Method is meant to assist individual children in acquiring the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in mastering self-discipline and developing a true love for learning.

 

More Reading:

The Secret Of Childhood by Maria Montessori

Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori

Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook by Maria Montessori

 

 

 

“Our family has found so much value in being part of the Cascadia community! The teachers are accessible and very in tune with the kids and their development while providing the resources for exceptional learning.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“I love the way they work with the children and nurture a child's love of learning.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.”

- Maria Montessori

“A safe and happy place to get a good education. They make learning fun. “

- A Cascadia Parent

“The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child’s whole personality.”

- Maria Montessori

“The mixed aged classrooms are an incredible experience for all involved. There is so much each child can learn from one another and they stay with the same teachers for three years, creating a true understanding and bond. My child calls her class her second family. We couldn't imagine a better learning environment if we tried!”

- A Cascadia Parent

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”

- Maria Montessori

“My children enjoy school, have gained confidence and learned a wealth of information and skills with very little stress. That is how learning should be!”

- A Cascadia Parent

“These words reveal the child’s inner needs: ‘Help me to do it alone.’”

- Maria Montessori

“My son has spent the past 8 years learning and growing at Cascadia. He hasn’t just learned the basics (math, English, science, history). He has also learned how to work with others, how to mentor younger students, and how to be a role model. “

- A Cascadia Parent

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

- Maria Montessori

“Our daughter was at Cascadia from 1st-8th grade. She took on challenges and persevered with support and guidance while at the same time, allowed to make her own decisions. We couldn't have asked for a better education in preparing her for high school, life skills and beyond.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“Both boys have blossomed in this environment, both educationally and as thoughtful, courteous and kind young men. The parent community is very close and supportive -- kind of like an extended family -- and there to help whenever the need arises. Our experiences at Cascadia have been extremely positive for our whole family.”

- A Cascadia Parent

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.”

- Maria Montessori

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