Montessori at Meliora School - Dacula

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A Montessori Child...

  • Is a problem solver who can make good choices and manage their time well.
  • Is highly adaptable because they have the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss their work freely within the group.
  • Has excellent communication skills, which will help them ease into new settings and environments.
  • Has high self-esteem, which is a predictor of future success.
  • Are creative thinkers who are not afraid to explore, experiment, and make mis-takes — or learn from them.
Our Montessori program is self-directed, non-competitive, and helps children develop self confidence so they can face challenges and change with optimism and security. Honesty, love, respect and fairness for our fellow men are woven into the core of the program. The multi-cultural and diverse nature of our community fosters love and respect for all peoples of the world.



Primary (3-6 years)

Between the ages of 3-6 years, a child will learn more easily and efficiently than at any other time in their life.
Our Montessori Primary class features…

  • A prepared educational environment designed to capture a child’s natural curiosity.
  • Sensory materials, hands-on activities and lessons that allow development of individ-ual strengths and talents.
  • Freedom of expression, peer mentoring, and ‘grace & courtesy’ lessons .
  • Multi-age structure & 3 year learning cycle.
  • Independence & decision making, with the teacher serving as the child’s guide.
  • Placement based on student ability instead of chronological age.
  • Peace Education, Nature Studies & Environmental Awareness Education.
  • Uninterrupted blocks of work time, typically three hours.
  • Freedom of movement and work choice
  • A highly trained and certified Montessori guide



Practical Life

What is Practical Life


Practical: means basic, useful, purposeful Life: means the way of living.

Practical life Exercises are just that, they are Exercises so the child can learn how to do living activities in a purposeful way.

Meaning and Purpose of Practical Life

The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, and help the child to gain independence and adapt to his society. It is therefore important to “Teach teaching, not correcting” (Montessori) in order to allow the child to be a fully functional member in his own society. Practical Life Exercises also aid the growth and development of the child’s intellect and concentration and will in turn also help the child develop an orderly way of thinking.
 
Sensorial

The purpose and aim of Sensorial work is for the child to acquire clear, conscious, information and to be able to then make classifications in his environ-ment. Montessori believed that sensorial experiences began at birth. Through his senses, the child studies his environment. Through this study, the child then begins to understand his environment. The child, to Montessori, is a “sensorial explorer”.

Through work with the sensorial materials, the child is given the keys to classifying the things around him, which leads to the child making his own experiences in his environment. Through the classification, the child is also offered the first steps in organizing his intelligence, which then leads to his adapting to his environment. Montessori categorized the Exercises into eight different groups: Visual, Tactile, Baric, Thermic, Auditory, Olfactory, Gusta-tory, and Stereognostic.

Math

Little children are naturally attracted to the science of number. Mathematics, like language, is the product of the human intellect.

Mathematics deals with shape, space, numbers, and their relationships / attributes by the use of numbers and symbols. It is a study of the science of pattern and includes patterns of all kinds, such as numerical patterns, abstract patterns, patterns of shape and motion. In the Montessori classroom, five families of math are presented to the child: arithmetic, geometry, statistics and calculus. More precisely, the concepts covered in the Primary class are numeration, the decimal system, computation, the arithmetic tables, whole numbers, fractions, and positive numbers.

Arithmetic is the science of computing using posi-tive real numbers. It is specifically the process of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The materials of the Primary Montessori classroom also present sensorial experiences in geometry and algebra.
 
Language

During the Infant and Toddler years, your child has been busy gathering every tool and honing every instinct they will require for the expedition which lies before them as they enter their Twos. What a journey it will be! There will be hills to glide over, valleys to traverse, and mountains of development to climb on the way to reach the pinnacle of early childhood development that is represented by the Pre-K experience. Along the way, there will be challenges (for parents and children), successes, and mistakes. It will be key for parents and caregivers to understand that a mistake is simply a learning moment to be embraced and that repeated opportunities to engage in choices and learn from mistakes will give a child the confidence to try and will provide the security they need to trust themselves and assert their independence.

 

Peaceful Children, Peaceful World

The Challenge of Maria Montessori

"Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education." Maria Montessori

Montessori recognized children as the redeeming factor in the evolution of humankind. In order to bring about a world of peace and tolerance, where war is an absurdity, it is important to focus and teach peace early. Having a peace curriculum in the Montessori classroom is a sure way to prepare your children to be peace-seekers. Dr. Montessori said “…we must gather together all the elements of the world and organize them into a science of peace.”
Montessori believed education was the most powerful and universal way through which to reconstruct society; a way to transition from war to peace. Therefore, it is necessary to think of education as peace, not education for peace. While the curriculum teaches about peace, it cannot by itself result in peace. As Montessori teachers, we realize that it is not enough to simply talk about peace. We must create an environment that will promote the development of peaceful individuals. We cannot create this peaceful environment if we ourselves are interacting negatively or competitively with others. We encourage all teachers, families and children within our program to become “peace-seekers”.


Courtesy of : http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2007/06/peace-education-

 

The Montessori History
Dr. Maria Montessori developed this method of teaching in Italy over 100 years ago. It continued to gain popularity throughout Europe in the early 1900s and today is practiced all over the world. A genius before her time, Montessori believed that a child’s mind from birth to six years was different than that of an adult. She concluded that children effortlessly soak in everything within their culture and environment. She saw a tremendous need for children to have respectful, stimulating, nurturing and meaningful direction and guidance during what she called the “absorbent mind stage”.
Montessori believed that educating children was a way to create a better society. Today, modern science is producing data that supports her philosophy. Children learn best at their own pace, in a way that they enjoy.


 

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