Preschool in Flagler Beach, FL 32136
800 S Daytona Ave
Flagler Beach, FL 32136
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To guide each student on their path of development by providing a carefully prepared environment which nurtures the mind body and spirit of each individual.
To awaken a love of learning passion for knowledge and joy of creativity in each student
To support the development of independent self confident learners
To foster a strong sense of self respect for others and an ability to work as part of a group
To develop a repertoire of life skills and a strong academic foundation
To provide developmentally appropriate physical activity and healthy nutritional snack
To encourage regular practice of self-reflection and nurturing the peace within
To provide a reliable source of care and information for families
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Elements of the Montessori Approach to Teaching
Montessori is both a philosophy of child development and a method of applying the philosophy in an educational setting to guide a childs growth. The Montessori classroom is a dynamic community of learners and guides. Some basic premises of Montessori include:
A Responsive Prepared Child-Centered Environment
Children are to be respected as unique individuals different from adults but not less important or valued as members of the community. The child possesses an unusual sensitivity and intellectual ability to learn from her environment. The focus of activity in our Montessori classroom setting is on the childs experience within the environment and not on the teachers teaching. Our environment is designed to meet the needs interests and abilities of the children within the class. Teachers adapt the environment through modifying the selection of educational materials available the physical layout and equipment in the classroom and shifting the tone of the class to fit the ever-changing needs of the children. Generally students work individually or in small self-selected groups. Community meetings or circle times are scheduled so as not to interrupt the childs work and are usual held at transitional points during the day. There is a conscious effort to design our classroom as a childrens house making it as comfortable and inviting as a home.
A Focus On The Human Tendencies
Maria Montessori based her philosophy of education on the human tendency within the child to explore to move to share with a group to be independent and make decisions to create order to develop self control to abstract ideas from experience to use creative imagination to work hard to repeat concentrate and perfect ones efforts and creations. Each of these tendencies is considered carefully when designing our environments preparing materials and planning activities for the students.
A Multiage Community of Learners Our Montessori classroom is a community of children and adults. The classroom consists of children from a multiage span of three to six years. This creates a family like group where older children model and help care for younger children and younger children look up to and learn from the older children. Varying levels of ability blend easily in a multiage setting no child feels left behind and everyone learns at their own pace.
Cooperation and Collaboration
Montessori children learn at their own pace. When the child demonstrates readiness she is guided gently by the teachers in the classroom to explore increasingly challenging activities. In a Montessori setting teachers refrain from comparing students to one another and base evaluations on the progress of the individual. Children are encouraged to work together as well as independently. Often a more experienced child will be asked to assist a less experienced child with an activity or lesson. Group discussion and problem solving are strongly encouraged. Teachers work to create a sense of community within the classroom. Children feel a sense of belonging and responsibility toward their classroom and toward each other.
The Process of Learning
Montessori materials teach through hands on learning spontaneous engagement active involvement and self- directed activity. Montessori materials have a control of error inherent in their design. This allows children to work independently unafraid to make mistakes and to become comfortable with the fact errors are essential to the process of learning. While making independent choices and exploring concepts largely on their own Montessori students construct their own sense of individual identity. They become independent and confident individuals.
The child is intrinsically motivated to learn. In a Montessori classroom children dont work for grades or external rewards nor do they complete assignments given to them by their teachers. Children learn because they are interested in things and in gaining an understanding of the world around them.
In the classroom there are three stages of learning a new concept or lesson:
Introduction to a concept. This is usually occurs by means of exploration within the classroom observing another child at work a conversation reading something in a book etc.
Processing the concept. The child develops an understanding of the concept through working with materials that illustrate the ideas provide opportunity for exploration and experimentation and provide opportunity for repetition of an activity.
Mastering the concept. The child is confidently able to explain the concept and teach the concept to another person.
Evaluation of Student Progress
The Montessori curriculum is carefully structured and sequenced based on the developmental needs of each individual child. Teachers maintain careful records of each students individual progress. Portfolios of work are kept for older children. Children are not compared against arbitrary standards or the performance of their classmates. Parent- teacher conferences are held twice a year to discuss student progress. Additional conferences can be held at a parent or teachers request. If requested written summaries of conferences can be provided.