Our Vision: The attainment of Peace through preparation of a child.
Our Mission: The Mission of Cypresswood Montessori School is to prepare an environment that supports and facilitates individualized learning for children.
Our loving, nurturing staff help students develop their self-confidence, strengths, potential and respect for cultural diversity in order to build a Peaceful World.
The Montessori teaching philosophy was first developed by a European doctor by the name of Maria Montessori. The foundation of the philosophy is that every child develops at their own individual pace and level.
While developing, every child deserves to be treated with respect and provided with choices and interesting alternatives with which to develop their learning potentials. Below are some basic concepts and core areas of concentration which are closely followed within the Montessori Method of teaching.
The Montessori classroom is more teacher-initiated versus teacher-centered.
The teacher’s role in the Montessori classroom is to maintain order and each student’s self-discipline, along with directing the children towards solving their own questions through the Montessori materials and the use of feedback from their peers. The child is an active participant in the learning process.
The use of manipulative materials is very important in the Montessori classroom.
The Montessori method is built upon allowing children to discover questions and find the answers themselves. This process enhances the development of their cognitive and problem solving skills.
The Montessori classroom highlights the social interaction between the different age groups.
The classroom facilitates several age groups working together at one time. For example, in the 3 to 6 year old classroom, the older children act as role models for the younger children, while older children experience a sense of responsibility and importance.
The Montessori method, out of respect for the individual child, provides education on real-life experiences and responsibilities.
It is common for a 3 year old child go through the process of obtaining a snack for herself. She takes a napkin and a cup to the snack table to enjoy her snack with her classroom mates. She pours herself some water from a pitcher. After finishing her snack, she clears her and cleans up her spot. The child has been taught the individual steps to the process of getting her own snack, as well as the responsibility for cleaning up after she is finished so that the next person is allowed the same opportunity. All of this occurs with little intervention from the Montessori teacher.
The daily routine of the child relies heavily on their own individual interests and choices.
The teacher closely supervises to ensure that, over an extended period of time, each child is exposed to all essential areas of the curriculum in the classroom.
A typical Montessori program thrives and depends on parent involvement and support.
It is very important that each parent understands the experiences that their child goes through each day, in addition to the philosophy and teaching behind those experiences. An open channel of communication between teachers and parents is critical to the success of any Montessori program.
The Montessori method works to instill an excitement towards learning with each child and to develop their own internal motivation for continued learning.
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