Montessori education was introduced to America in the early part of the 20th century and has been recognized as a leader in the field of education. Maria Montessori was able to develop a system of learning that recognized the development of the whole child. This development is exclusive to each child, thus learning is done at an individual level. A goal is to help the child maintain their natural joy of learning. Each child can then assist his/her community with those acquired and refined skills-making interaction appropriate and fulfilling.
The Montessori method discourages traditional measurements of achievement (grades, tests) as negative competition that is damaging to the inner growth of children (and adults). Feedback and qualitative analysis of a child's performance does exist but is generally provided in the form of a list of skills, activities and critical points, and sometimes a narrative of the child's achievements, strengths and weaknesses, with emphasis on the improvement of those weaknesses.
The Montessori method encourages independence and freedom with limits and responsibility. The youngest children are guided in practical life skills, e.g., domestic skills and manners. These skills are emphasized with the goal of increasing attention spans, hand-eye coordination, and tenacity. The Montessori Method states that satisfaction, contentment, and joy result from the child feeling like a full participant in daily activities. Montessori education carried through the elementary and high school years follows the child's emerging tendency for peer-oriented interactions and still emphasizes that each student is the guardian of his or her own intellectual development.
Montessori teachers or directors are specially trained in both theory and method in order to facilitate an environment and become a model for the child.
Montessori Family School's commitment to this method has earned it a valued place in our community. We urge you to tour our facility, see a class in session and join the director for a curriculum overview. Special times for appointmnets can be arranged.