Introduction to Montessori
Did you miss it? This past Saturday, the school offered an in-depth look at what a Montessori education at Princeton Montessori School is. The outline included:
What is Montessori?
Who was Dr. Montessori?
What are the beliefs of the philosophy that informs the teaching, classroom design, and curriculum?
What is the curriculum at each level?
How can I get the most out of this educational investment?
Five key takeaways are as follows:
1) The school’s goal is to develop holistically happy, healthy, capable and contributing adults who are resourceful and resilient, comfortable learning from their mistakes and able to problem-solve. The school is committed to the academic, social, and emotional growth of its students to create thriving adults. We spark an awareness in children of not only ‘self’ but of the world around them in order to build empathy and a sense of duty to give back and help others. Research shows that the skills we value and develop in Montessori are the skills needed for higher education and adult careers.
2) Princeton Montessori partners with you to raise children. To fully leverage the investment that you are making you want to parent in the Montessori approach so your child has a consistent message in their upbringing and a way that encourages their optimal independence, development of focus and attention, grace and courtesy, grit and determination, and a continued love of learning. Take advantage of our parent education opportunities and learn as much as you can about this methodology!
3) Our school is accredited at the highest level by the American Montessori Society, meaning you are receiving an authentic Montessori education for your child and can rest assured the school must pass strict standards and criteria evaluation regularly.
4) Because the school has a Montessori teacher training center, and our lead teachers instruct others on how to implement the Montessori Method authentically, this ensures your children are being taught by master teachers who have received the highest level of Montessori preparation in the country.
5) What is Montessori? A Montessori education is a holistic, child-centered experience that relies on didactic, self-correcting materials, dynamic small group lessons and an environment that personalizes learning and develops independence. It is facilitated by an adult learning guide. The philosophy is based on scientific truths about learning and human development and a deep respect for the child. It is designed by Dr. Maria Montessori, educator, scientist, and advocate for children.