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"Children have a deep sense of personal dignity"
~ Maria Montessori

Just as the little child cries out "help me" to do it "by myself"  through his actions, so does the older child demonstrate the same need at successive levels
of sophistication
as he grows... Education must be designed to fit the changing needs and personality of the older learner."

 

-Maria Montessori

“Control the environment,
not the child.”

- Maria Montessori

"There is nothing in the intellect which was not first in the senses."  

- Aristotle

Success

At CMS we strive to guide our students to become self-confident and independent thinkers who learn because they are interested in the world and enthusiastic about life.

We work to develop culturally literate children by nurturing their fragile sparks of curiosity, creativity and intelligence. However our students master much more than academics, such as  learning grace and courtesy, care of the environment, control of movement, precision set up and clean up, attention to detail, awareness of exactness, sequencing, coordination, a sense of beauty and order, self-reliance and the responsibility that comes with liberty.

Our classes at CMS allow a child to work with older children in one subject, younger children in another, and still have social interaction with children his or her own age. In this way the classroom is a more accurate reflection of the larger society the children are preparing to enter.

At CMS, children settle in quite easily and find a comfortable role within the classroom environment.  They look forward to coming to school to work on their lessons and to participate in our Montessori-based routine. This format helps the child to develop inner connections with their activities while remaining focused.  The rhythm of the day provides our students with a calming and soothing atmosphere allowing the child to experience a sense of accomplishment.

Success in the Montessori method here at CMS is in part defined by providing children with a sense of belonging to a family and helping them learn to live harmoniously with other human beings. Maria Montessori believed there was more to life than simply the pursuit of wealth and power. According to her, the most important goals were finding one's place in the world, having meaningful and fulfilling work , and developing inner peace and depth of soul. These are the goals we share with the children, parents and teachers who make up the Courthouse Montessori School family.

Concentration

 

From the moment they begin to speak, children are driven by an innate desire to master the skills of everyday life. "Me do it" is a refrain every parent hears, whether it be to put on a shoe or pour their own drink.

 

In Practical Life* lessons, the child's drive to master the world is harnessed to the maximum. With exercises such as pouring, spooning, and sorting, children learn control of movement. These exercises also develop deep concentration and a sense of order.

 

Repetition is one of the keys to success and children are free to repeat the tasks over and over as long as their inner need dictates. They graduate to increasingly more complex tasks as their attention to detail improves. Self control develops as a result of the interest and concentration in this specially prepared environment.  Since the children work from their own choice without pressure or coercion, they learn to make decisions as they develop both initiative and independence.

 

The Montessori method reveals the child as an enthusiast of order and intellectual work,   capable of concentration and eager to learn for the joy of learning.

Our Philosophy:  C + M = S

Motivation

 

Dr. Maria Montessori was the first woman in Italy ever to become a doctor. She believed we should "look to the child" to observe the way they approach the world. As she applied her keen powers of observation, one discovery followed another, giving Montessori an increasingly clear view of the mind of the child. She found that little children were capable of long periods of quiet concentration, even though they rarely show signs of it in everyday settings.

 

Dr. Montessori trained teachers to pay close attention to children's spontaneous behavior, arguing that only in this way could a teacher know how to teach. Traditional schools pay little attention to children as individuals and expect a child to adapt to pre-set standards and curriculum.

 

In a Montessori classroom, a combination of three elements combines to develop the child's maximum potential: 1) an observant teacher; 2) a carefully Prepared Environment;* and 3) the child's own Absorbent Mind.

The classroom contains special manipulative materials designed for maximum appeal and effectiveness which take advantage of children's natural tendency to experience the world through their senses.  At CMS, these specific Sensorial Materials* serve to hone visual discrimination skills, develop abstract concepts such as superlatives (big, bigger, biggest), and provide indirect preparation for writing and reading.

One of the cornerstones of the Montessori Method is the recognition of children's urgency to learn specific activities at each stage in their development. These stages which children pass through are called Sensitive Periods.* During these cycles the child readily absorbs a particular type of knowledge often showing unusual aptitude for that particular skill.

 

Some examples of sensitive periods:

Language acquisition        birth to 18 mos.

Precision & coordination   2 1/2 to 4yrs.

Writing                            3 1/2 to 4 1/2 years

Social Graces                  3 to 6 years

Numbers                         4 to 5 years

Words leading to reading  4 to 5 years

 

*Terms marked with this asterisk were coined by Dr. Maria Montessori. Heralded as the century's leading advocate for early childhood education, her research and studies helped change the course of education.  

Many elements of "modern" early childhood education have been adapted from Montessori's theories.  She is credited with the development of the open classroom, individualized education, manipulative learning materials, and educational toys.

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Concentration  +  Motivation  = SUCCESS