A Montessori Education

Learning the Montessori way is, literally, learning for life.

Montessori education dates back to January 6, 1907, when Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, educator and innovator, acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn, opened the Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House, in a low-income district of Rome. There are now more than 22,000 Montessori schools in at least 110 countries worldwide. At Inclusive Montessori, we believe that an educational approach based on the natural curiosities that exist in all humans is the best way to build a solid foundation for a life-long love of learning. We are therefore proud to educate children in accordance with the Montessori philosophy of education.

The Montessori Curriculum

The Montessori curriculum is a hands-on approach which leads to growth and transformation. Our teachers focus on each individual child and consider all aspects of his or her development—physical, intellectual, social and emotional. We are sensitive to each child’s feelings and uniqueness, and recognize his or her individual ability to learn. Our teachers follow the child’s lead and help each child to improve his or her learning.

The Montessori approach allows children to learn through understanding, rather than through being told. From this understanding, children are able to develop confidence and a joy in learning. By understanding how children learn, the teachers can provide your child with tools and opportunities tailored to the way he or she experiences the world. At the same time, there is a strong physical dimension to many Montessori activities, encouraging dexterity, balance and appreciation of shapes, colors and sizes.

At Inclusive Montessori, we provide the building blocks of future learning, hardwiring your child’s capacity to engage with new materials and information, and providing the tools with which to manipulate them. We are here to support our children's individual journeys of learning and to help them make positive imprints upon the world.

A typical day at Inclusive Montessori will find the children engaged in individual or group activities under the guidance of our loving and certified teachers. The children work in one of the five main areas which make up our integrated environment:

Practical life

Practical Life activities prepare children, through active experience, for everyday life. Recognizing that young children's focus centers around their own lives and experiences, we select activities that reflect our children's lives and cultures. Through their collaborative participation in Practical life activities, our children gain a sense of being and belonging. Practical Life exercises help children develop independence, focus, self-confidence, concentration and self-control, and prepare them for future learning. These activities link home and school, develop grace and courtesy, and build care of self and care of the environment.

Language Arts

Language is incorporated in all areas of our curriculum. We provide opportunities for oral and written expression through reading and drama. Language lessons include spoken language, written expression and reading. Through every conversation, every book read aloud, every new word that is taught, the Montessori student is learning language, and thus, learning to read. At Inclusive Montessori, we emphasize the process of acquiring language.

Mathematics

Learning mathematical concepts in a Montessori classroom begins concretely and progresses towards the abstract. Aligning with children's learning styles, we begin by teaching the process and then introduce facts later. We provide manipulative materials which can be felt and manipulated so that the hand is always involved in the learning process, allowing children to internalize math and number concepts. This approach to math is logical, clear and extremely effective. It allows the students to develop a solid foundation in mathematics and to progress at their own pace toward abstract concepts. The Montessori method of teaching math provides children with a conceptual understanding, a foundation for later work in algebra and geometry.

Sensorial

Maria Montessori believed, and current research has demonstrated, that children learn through sensory experiences. We therefore provide a wide variety of sensory-rich experiences, knowing that the more sensory experiences children have, the more the sensory cortex of their brains will be activated, the more their sensitivity to texture solidifies and the more their hand-eye coordination increases.

Cultural Studies

Art, music, dance, nature/life science, history, science and geography are all integrated into our curriculum.

Montessori vs. 'Traditional' Education

Montessori and 'Traditional' education programs both provide learning experiences for your child. The main differences between the two methods is how they provide those learning experiences.

There are four main elements that distinguish a Montessori classroom from other 'Traditional' classrooms:

  • All equipment is accessible and always available to the child.

  • Your child has freedom of movement both indoors and out, as well as a choice of what to do for much of the day

  • Your child will have personal responsibility for his or her work; this requires an awareness of the needs of others, avoiding dangerous or hurtful actions, keeping the equipment and resources tidy, putting things away after using them, being good role models for younger children and developing a true social awareness.

  • Beauty and Harmony: This aspect is too often ignored by those who focus too much on the content of learning. Montessori felt strongly that the environment must be aesthetically pleasing to encourage learning and concentration. Too many displays can distract children if they are not properly related to their interests. The Montessori classroom is calm and activities are self-directed.

Montessori Education

  • Based on the development of the child

  • Children follow their own interests and learn at their own pace

  • Children teach themselves via specially prepared materials

  • Children develop their ability to discover for themselves

  • Learning based on physical exploration of environment

  • Teacher works with children

  • Intrinsic motivation

  • Uninterrupted work flow

  • Multi-age classrooms

'Traditional' Education

  • Based on the transfer of a national curriculum

  • Children learn from a set curriculum according to a preset time frame

  • Children are taught by the teacher

  • Learning is based on subjects and based on what is given

  • Children sit at desks using worksheets and white boards

  • Class is teacher led

  • Motivation through rewards and punishments

  • Block time, period lessons

  • Single-grade classrooms