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.
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.’