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CURRICULA / EDUCATION PLAN

 Focus is on ability and enhancing natural talents and interests.
All children complete State of California requirements as well as advanced placement assignments as warranted.  Each child has their own ability appropriate academic program. Tactile / Sensorial/ materials are offered to all grade levels.  Each child has an IEP (individual education plan) allowing each curricula to be ability appropriate rather than age-based.

NO PASSIVE LISTENERS

Rather than the outer-directed approach where children sit passively for much of the time, receiving mostly verbal information from the teacher, in a Montessori environment children help set the pace of interest, materials, cognitive and intellectual learning.   Children are invited to join in Educational Circles. Inclusive in this approach is the reinforcement of accountability, responsibility, and awareness of others.

It is the role of the teacher to guide and be responsive to the sensitive periods of learning in each individual child.  The style of learning is very physical, motivational, encouraging and academic as well as personal and ability appropriate.

REWARDS

Dr. Montessori discovered early on that rewards and punishments were not necessary for children to learn – and learn happily.  Children respond well to responsibility and taking an active role in the care of the environment, themselves, and their educational pursuits.  The personal  knowledge that they are able to master various aspects of their daily lives, and their academic success, is far and away enough reinforcement.

LEARNING FROM OTHER CHILDREN

In the Montessori classroom children are grouped in mixed ages and abilities.  There is a great deal of interaction between children of differing ages, as well as productive socialization and teaching amongst all ages.

CHARACTER  EDUCATION

Children are taught to care for themselves and each other, the world around them, their classrooms, their personal belongings and all living creatures.  ‘PRACTICAL LIFE’ skills are a part of’ every day awareness’, as are manners.

ART / MUSIC /  DRAMA / 

These are vital components of a well balanced environment.  Students write, produce, and perform in these areas.  Art is available at all times and encouraged when introducing creative writing and languages.