Preparing Children For Life
At Mary Seat of Wisdom Montessori we recognizing a fundamental truth: children love to learn.
The Montessori method creates an environment that is intellectually and spiritually vibrant. Children respond to that environment with an abundance of questions and an enthusiasm for exploration.
The journey of discovery that takes place in the classroom results in not only well-informed children, but also in responsible, compassionate, intelligent human beings who carry their curiosity forward into their lives.
We believe that Dr. Montessori’s original observations of children, over one hundred years ago, stand true today; children are naturally good, naturally peaceful and naturally motivated to learn.
When the child goes out,
it is the world itself that offers itself to him.
Let us take the child out to show him real things instead of making objects which represent ideas and closing them up.
— Maria Montessori
Curated Learning Environments
Each component of a Montessori classroom is ideally designed to create a “children’s house,” complete with everything a child needs for his or her independence at a scale appropriate for the child.
The Montessori Method places value on each child’s style of learning and educational needs. Children learn with their whole selves, using their hands, interests, emotions and passions to drive their growth.
Children benefit from a caring atmosphere that encourages discovery, focus, and cooperation in the classroom. Primary and elementary classes have approximately 20-25 children per classroom. Mixed-age classrooms encourage leadership, discussion, and verbal problem-solving. During the day, children are free to choose to move about the classroom and to choose where they want to do work (floor, table, etc.)
The use of sensory and manipulative materials empowers children to learn on their own and feeds their desire to learn more. Materials used by primary children might include:
the botany cabinet
Materials used by elementary children might include:
positive/negative snake game
the tall bead frame
golden bead frame
In the elementary classroom, children bring their questions about the "how" and "why" of the world we live in, and focus on learning about creation (science), language, and mathematics. Going-out programs to do research, field trips, and interviews are encouraged for this age range. Children also engage in the 5 Great Lessons of Montessori.
Learn More about Montessori
The links below provide a more in-depth look what a Montessori school is.
Michale Olaf: The Method, Video Clips, FAQs, Articles, Catalog and more.
Website for The National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with lots of information on the Atrium.
This large organization has lots of good basic information on Montessori.
Website with videos made by AMI USA for families, schools and guides to better understand Montessori pedagogy.