The Prepared Environment
In order for self-directed learning to take place, the whole learning environment – classroom, materials, and social setting/atmosphere — must be supportive of the child.
The teacher provides the necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive environment. Together, the teacher and child form a relationship based on trust and respect that fosters self-confidence and a willingness to try new things. Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work.
The children’s innate passion for activities with the guidance of a trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline; within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.
Their environments allow them to take responsibility for their own education, giving them the opportunity to become human beings able to function independently and hence interdependently.
INTERACTION BASED LEARNING
First Choice Montessori Preschool
The preschool environment unifies the social, physical and academic functioning of the child. Its important task is to provide students with an early and general foundation.
This includes a positive attitude toward school, inner security and a sense of order, pride in the physical environment, abiding curiosity, a habit of concentration, habits of initiative and persistence. The ability to make decisions, have self-discipline, and a sense of responsibility to other members of the class, school, and community.
This foundation will enable them to acquire more specialized knowledge and skills throughout their school career.
The Teaching Paradigm
Practical Life enhances the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of environment, exercised with grace and courtesy, and coordination of physical movement
The Sensorial are enables the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relations to length, width, temperature, mass, color, pitch, etc.
Mathematics makes use of manipulative materials to enable the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, sequences, that pertains to memorization of basic facts
Language arts include oral language development, written expression, reading, and the study of grammar, creative dramatics, and children’s literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through the use of sandpaper letters, alphabet cut-outs, and various presentations allowing children to link sounds and letter symbols effortlessly and to express their thoughts through writing.
Cultural activities expose the child to basics in geography, history, and life sciences. Music, art, and movement education are part of the integrated cultural curriculum
“Scientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment.” ~ Maria Montessori
First Choice Montessori Vision & Values
First choice Montessori is a meticulously designed Pre-school and Kindergarten program located in Mountainview Montessori. We educate our students through the use of Montessori Materials and provide them with a strong foundation to take to elementary school. We focus on a structured learning environment, using an academic focus while incorporating fun, and playful activities to keep our students both engaged, and excited about learning.
What the parents say about First Choice Montessori….
In many ways, Montessori has partnered with me as a parent and as a father. I had the incredible gift of the faculty as not only my children’s teachers, but mine as well. It was with tremendous gratitude that my family and I said goodbye to the school that held us close for so many years and prepared us to go out into the world…braver, more confident, and grounded with the quest for knowledge and wisdom enlivened in our souls.”