THE MONTESSORI APPROACH AND ENVIRONMENT
A visit to Montessori School of the Valley will reveal spacious, attractive classrooms divided into logical areas by low open shelves. These are displayed with scientifically developed, sequenced and interrelated materials that allow the child to explore relationships through manipulation and discovery while guided by the teacher. There is an order to the room and a careful structure as to how things are arranged. The classroom environment is divided into different areas of study: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Geography, Social Studies, Zoology, Botany, Spanish, Music and Art. The purpose of these materials is to help children work and learn at their own pace; to see and understand abstract ideas presented in a very concrete three dimensional way. The school offers an environment where in an atmosphere of serenity and respect, the child finds:
- A variety of equipment and material which motivates his spontaneous activity and desire to learn
- Inner order and inner discipline
- Confidence and sincerity in human interactions
- People who lovingly care for his/her total welfare and development
The curriculum at Montessori School of the Valley is designed to prepare children both for university and for life. The Montessori classroom is a social community concerned with the total development of children in relaxed atmosphere, free of criticism and competition. Our goal is to promote the child’s growth toward autonomy, to give him a positive attitude toward school through an excellent foundation of creative learning. Attitudes and confidence developed while he/she is yet in formation will serve him/her throughout his/her lifetime. The school provides a prepared environment to meet the child’s developmental needs at his/her specific stage of growth. Definite learning characteristics are shared by children during these stages.