"Scientific observation then has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment." ~Maria Montessori
When a parent walks in our door, they see children learning in creative, nontraditional ways. Rather than providing students with information to memorize and repeat, the facilitator acts as a guide to the child. The facilitator creates a safe, inviting, and stimulating environment which contains developmentally appropriate learning materials for a variety of ages and abilities.
Our program is mixed-age, meaning that older and younger children learn alongside one another. Younger children are learning valuable social and educational skills from their older peers. Older children are learning how to mentor younger students, while also deeply instilling the educational content that they have learned in previous years. Watching children work together, regardless of age and ability, is a beautiful sight to see.
Students are offered a feast of knowledge on a daily basis. We cover all of the traditional topics, as well as life skills, handwork, nature study, Spanish, and manners. Subjects like social studies, science, art, Spanish, music, nature study, handwork, and health are easily learned together as a group, whereas subjects like math, reading, and writing are taught at each student's ability level.
Our class gathers information from a variety of resources including books, games, experiments, observations, internet research, discussions, outdoor exploration, libraries, field trips, guest speakers, and the local community.