First, we should answer the question: Why A Montessori Curriculum?
A Montessori program is based on self-direction, non-competitive and cooperative activities that help a child develop a strong self-image, high levels of academic and social competence, and the confidence to face challenges with optimism. Encouraged to make decisions from and early age, Montessori educated children are problem solvers who can make appropriate choices, manage their time, and work will with others. They exchange ideas and discuss work freely. These positive communication skills build the foundations for negotiating new settings.
|Montessori||Traditional Daycare and Preschool|
|Emphasis on Cognitive and Social Development||Emphasis on Rote Learning and Social Behavior|
|Teacher has guiding role||Teacher controls classroom|
|Environment and method encourage self-discipline||Teacher acts as primary enforcer of discipline|
|Mainly individual instruction||Mainly group instruction|
|Mixed age groups||Same age groups|
|Grouping encourages children to teach and collaborate||Teaching is done by teacher; collaboration is discouraged|
|Child chooses own work||Curriculum structured for child|
|Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials||Child is guided to concepts by teacher|
|Child is allocated time to work on and complete lesson||Child generally allotted specific time for work|
|Child sets own learning pace||Instruction pace set by group|
|Child spots own errors from feedback of material||Errors in child’s work highlighted by teacher|
|Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work and internal feelings of success||Learning is reinforced externally by repetition, rewards and punishment|
|Child can work where he chooses, move about and talk at will (yet not disturb work of others), group work voluntary||Child usually assigned seat; required to participate during group lessons|
|Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration organizes program for learning care of self and environment||No organized program for self-care instruction – left primarily up to parents|
A Must-Read for Prospective Montessori Families:
A Parents’ Guide to the Montessori Classroom
Please click the link to access the PDF form of this exceptional outline and introduction to the Montessori curriculum!!
Why Adventure Montessori?
At Adventure Montessori, we provide a foundation for academic and personal excellence and encourage the love of learning inherent in every student through participation and engagement.
At Adventure Montessori, we have experienced, Montessori-certified teachers ensure each student’s success in a caring and structured environment, which includes:
- Special emphasis on global concepts.
- Child-sized tools – from furniture to flatware – encouraging self-reliance.
- Self-correcting classroom materials specialized for each level of development.
- Fresh, organic lunch and snack program.
- Orchards for students to pick their own fruit.
- Gardens for all ages fresh vegetables.
- Low student-teacher ratio for a tailored program.
- Foreign languages (Spanish and Mandarin Chinese)
- Regular, student-led service projects to strengthen our communities.
- State-of-the-art facility conveniently located in Lafayette, Colorado
- Premium education programming for ages six weeks through twelve years.
- Developing responsibility by caring for animals in classrooms and on miniature farm
Adventure Montessori Learning school began as a dream in the heart of Evajean Boyd. She discovered the value of Montessori education during a difficult time in the life of her son. The Montessori education and philosophy was so instrumental in the education of her son that she purposed in her heart to someday provide the Montessori education for all children. During this time she noted that Montessori education was not available for children of varied social and economic backgrounds. Her goal was to provide a Montessori education that was affordable and accessible to children of all races and economic backgrounds.
Today, building a new school in Lafayette, CO to provide a secure environment that creates love of learning to children from 6 wks mo’s to 12 years old in the Thornton and Denver area. Adventure Montessori school is proud to provide an early childcare setting where children are valued and respected. We know we provide more than a traditional daycare. Our Montessori program is based on self-direction, non-competitive and cooperative activities that help a child develop a strong self-image, high levels of academic and social competence, and the confidence to face challenges with optimism.
Children are encouraged to make decisions from an early age. Montessori preschool educated children are problem solvers who can make appropriate choices, manage their time, and work well with others. These positive communication skills build the foundations for a love of learning for a lifetime.
Please visit the Colorado Montessori Association at www.coloradomontessoriassociation.org