Como Montessori, a kindergarten through 8th grade program, is a unique and innovative learning community based on the highly successful theories and principles of Maria Montessori. The primary focus of a Montessori program is to successfully prepare children to live in a multicultural society by offering all students quality instruction. Montessori-trained teachers work within a challenging curriculum as they guide and motivate students to experience the joy of learning.
Como Montessori provides a strong, challenging academic program. Its uniqueness comes from the personal and social empowerment of the students that broadens their social skills, strengthens their leadership qualities and develops their individual learning styles. Montessori students take responsibility for their learning and make appropriate choices. A Montessori education prepares a child for life.
THE MONTESSORI LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IS CHARACTERIZED BY:
- Montessori Foundations: teach concretely before moving to abstraction in a prepared environment; move at the child’s pace based on teacher observation
- Multi-aged, heterogeneous grouping of students (K, 1/2/3, 4/5, 6 and 7/8) that encourages cooperative learning through peer teaching and social interaction
- Diverse set of materials, activities and experiences that are designed to foster physical, intellectual, creative and social independence
- Personal development in the areas of time management, personal responsibility and community service
- Allows for large blocks of time to problem-solve, experience the interdisciplinary connections of knowledge and create new ideas
- Leadership opportunities include mentoring, tutoring and providing leadership and community service for the entire school