What does it mean to be Montessori?
Multi-age classrooms encourage cooperative learning and allow for broad emotional and social development. The classroom dynamic creates a nurturing, family-like atmosphere where younger children watch older children and are motivated to excel. Older students reinforce their own learning by helping the younger ones.
At all levels, the teacher’s primary role is not the transmission of information, but rather to nurture development and to guide activities, resources, and materials that allow the child to take the next step in learning.
Teachers provide an environment of calm, order, and joy in the classroom. It is their role to tap into the children’s natural curiosity, encouraging them to become self-motivated, independent, and joyful learners.
Teachers work with students for a three to six year cycle, allowing them to know each child’s individual needs and learning styles. When the teacher introduces concepts at developmentally appropriate times, work is not only more easily accomplished, but joyful.
Class and Atrium
(Meets Thursday Mornings from 9-10:30 am)
Parent/ Infant Class is for parents with children 0-15 months of age. It is an introduction to Montessori for you and your baby. You attend once a week for 1.5 hours with your child – your baby gets to explore a safe, beautifully prepared environment while you see the Montessori approach in action.
The environment is adjusted to include Montessori materials and activities for crawling, sitting babies and beginning walkers, to meet the needs of these inquisitive little learners.
The Parent-Child Class is led by a Montessori trained guide and Catechists specializing in infant development.
(15 months- 36 months)
Meets Monday and Tuesday Mornings 9 - 11 am
In a beautifully prepared environment, trained guides connect children to a learning experience that encourages exploration and purposeful activities. Furniture and learning materials are specifically crafted to suit the developmental needs of this age group, to support the intellectual, sensorial, social and physical development. The toddler community will offer activities to promote independence, self-confidence and a positive attitude towards learning.
Monday- Friday 8-11:30 am (2 1/2) 3 and 4 year olds
Monday - Friday 8- 2:30 for 4 to 6 year olds
Our primary classroom is for children from ages 3 to 6 years old. By combining the different ages of students in the classroom, the older children naturally adopt the role of model and inspiration for the younger children. In doing so, the older children reinforce their own understanding of concepts, while gaining self-confidence and a sense of responsibility.
Once children reach the age of 6, they become interested in the questions of “how” and “why” about everything–from stars and planets to rivers and trees to the cycle of life. Montessori Elementary education encourages these explorations through the five Great Lessons, stories that encompass the breadth of human knowledge. We move from the creation of the universe to the coming of plant and animal life to the arrival of humans. The beauty of a Catholic Montessori school is that these stories incorporate the best of our scientific and historical knowledge with the truths of our faith, as Dr. Montessori intended. We then focus on the fruits of human innovation: language and mathematics.
Through the years, these lessons are learned with increasing complexity, until the student is not only able to pass them on to younger students, but also move into more abstract thinking and self-initiated projects. This development can occur at the child’s own pace because of the multi-age setting. Older students are guided through the intricacy of research and group projects laying a framework for collaboration and intellectual pursuit that will serve them throughout their lives.
Mary Seat of Wisdom Montessori offers authentic Catholic Montessori education for children from 2 years through 6th grade (age 12).
Our classrooms follow the international, high-quality standards of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).
When a child is given a little leeway, he will at once shout,
'I want to do it!’ But in our schools, which have an environment adapted to children’s needs, they say,
‘Help me to do it alone.’