We practice the tenets of the Montessori philosophy, including:
- Michelle, parent of one student
At Parker Montessori, we believe that within each child is the seed of unlimited potential which will guide the child into adulthood. We emphasize individualized education, meaning that each child is educated at his or her own rate of development. Our focus is to continually stimulate the child through an enriched environment with activities, materials, and extensions that promote experimentation at every developmental level.
These goals of nurturing curiosity and independence are balanced with our goals of developing responsibility and self-discipline. Defined limits and modeled expectations are set through curriculum standards as well as through the student code of conduct. Each child is offered opportunities to grow within the context of respect for themselves, the environment and the people with whom he/she shares the world. These concepts are the core of Dr. Montessori's (symbols here) philosophy of education.
|MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM||TRADITIONAL CHILD CARE/PRESCHOOL|
|PREPARED MONTESSORI MATERIALS WITH INCORPORATED CONTROL OF ERROR, SPECIALLY DEVELOPED REFERENCE MATERIALS.||TEXTBOOKS, PENCIL AND PAPER.|
|WORKING AND LEARNING WITH EMPHASIS ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT||WORKING AND LEARNING WITHOUT EMPHASIS ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT|
|UNIFIED, INTERNATIONALLY DEVELOPED CURRICULUM||NARROW, UNIT-DRIVEN CURRICULUM|
|INTEGRATED SUBJECTS AND LEARNING BASED ON DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY||INDIVIDUAL SUBJECTS|
|UNINTERRUPTED WORK CYCLES||BLOCK TIME, PERIOD LESSONS|
|STUDENTS ACTIVE, TALKING, WITH PERIODS OF SPONTANEOUS QUIET, FREEDOM TO MOVE||STUDENTS PASSIVE, QUIET, IN DESKS|
|SCHOOL MEETS NEEDS OF STUDENTS||STUDENTS FIT MOLD OF SCHOOL|
|PROCESS-FOCUSED ASSESSMENT, SKILLS CHECKLISTS, MASTERY BENCHMARKS||PRODUCT-FOCUSED REPORT CARDS|
Below are some videos that explore the many benefits of Montessori.