Our values look to develop the highest vision of the whole child.We promote growing independence with an excellent learning environment.We celebrate, model, and encourage virtues and morals central to the higher American culture.We create opportunity to develop self-knowledge, stewardship and respect for each other, the earth and its living creatures.
Montessori is More than a Rich Environment of Special Materials
Over 300 individual and group presentations are used in the following early learning areas. Many presentations use self-correcting rich high quality materials so the child "self-learns" with the hands and repeats with the heart and mind until he or she moves to the next activity.
The purpose of these activities is to refine the child's senses through manipulating scientifically designed materials. The child learns how to absorb abstract qualities and increases his/her ability to order and classify the environment.
The development of language starts with speech and progresses from writing to reading. The children are taught the sounds of the letters and then shown how to use various materials to blend sounds to make and read words.
Geography, botany and zoology are parts of the child's environment. Globes, puzzle maps, flags and land and water forms allow the child to learn about the world.
The child learns cutting, gluing, tracing, blending of colors and punching. They work with multiple mediums in a variety of activities at their own level of ability. The child is exposed to many types of music. They have the opportunity to experience music by using musical bells, music maker and xylophone. They will be led in singing many different types of songs.
The purpose of these activities is to achieve sense of order, refine motor skills and become independent. The children learn to care for self and the community. They are guided through the social skills daily.
Numbers are introduced by figure identification and quantity. The child learns the value of 1, 10, 100, and 1,000. The use of concrete materials for learning addition, subtraction, multiplication and division leads the child from concrete to abstract computing.
Philosophy of Peaceful Heights Montessori School
The Montessori PreSchool program offers independent, small group and collective instruction. This type of learning takes place in a multi-aged environment and allows the child the opportunity to remain with the same teacher for three years. These years establish close relationships among children, teachers and work. It permits a variety of learning skills, using dynamic and beautiful manipulatives which help learning through the hand and demonstrates abstract concepts.Rich materials are used throughout the curriculum, which includes practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, geography, art science and music.
Montessori Education Children's House
Dr. Maria Montessori created the Montessori Method of Education. Through her observation and work, Dr. Montessori believed that a person is educated by the environment to a significant degree. The young child gains major part of his/her information through the rich environment. Our environment richly supports a curriculum that allows the child to develop his/her own potentialities through activities based on skills essential for a life time of creative thinking and learning. Her work is documented as a science today, Books and instructions about the method are plentiful. Remarkably, her method is still leading the child development times. This environment is called the Children's House. Dr. Montessori believed that the hand was the vehicle for learning. The child's hand creates concentration on specific activity and learning so the child attend to his /her own development. This young child has an "Absorbent Mind". He/she absorbs all information from this environment. It is with materials in this special environment, that the child learns to self-correct and set about on a path of lifelong learning. The child is allowed to develop self-discipline, be independent and respect staff, peers and the world around him/her.
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