The Montessori Teacher’s role is to introduce student work, and then the child is free to choose whichever work they are drawn to, and to do chosen works independently. Montessori works are sensorial, hands on materials that deeply provide the framework on a specific concept, moving first from concrete to more abstract as per the child’s demonstrated readiness. The Teacher’s main role is to guide the child and frequently observe and record data on each child to move them along at their own individual pace.
Montessori teachers are there to create a warm and supportive community in order to meet each child’s learning needs. Teachers are not dependent on textbooks and worksheets, but use the Montessori classroom materials to guide independent learning. A classroom is not run by teachers, but also by the students who learn to manage their own community and in doing, develop lifelong collaborative and leadership skills.
The Montessori environment houses one Certified Montessori Teacher and 1 classroom Teacher’s Aide. The Montessori Pre-K environment houses children from ages 3 through 5. The younger children learn from the example of the older child as well as through the carefully designed, hands on, independent Montessori works. Because the classroom houses children from ages 3 through 5, and the children are all on different academic levels with different academic needs, the Teacher also works with each child, one-on-one, for individualized intensive teaching. Because this environment is meant to be one of more independence, the child in the Pre-K setting must be age 3 before September 1st of that school year. They must also be fully potty trained and able to independently care for their own bathroom needs, from fastening/unfastening clothing to washing their own hands.
The Montessori curriculum is a strong one in which you will find materials that are Sensorial, Mathematical, equipped for the understanding and enrichment of Language Arts, Cultural and Physical Geography, a large majority of the Sciences (Botany, Zoology, Simple Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Entomology, Meteorology, etc), and our largest curriculum: Practical Life. Practical Life concentrates on Grace and Courtesy, control of movement, social skills and various life skills. Children will learn Practical Life activities such as pouring, slicing, folding, washing, sweeping, raking, dusting, washing their hands, zipping zippers, buckling buckles, and other activities that will teach the child how to care for themselves and their environment. Practical Life activities aid the growth and development of the child’s intellect and concentration and will in turn also help the child develop an orderly way of thinking. Montessori believed that Practical Life activities also taught a sense of purpose for an individual and created a confident new member of society.