Montessori Program Overview
We began our Montessori journey in the Winter of 2011 when two of our teachers began their Montessori training. We happily opened our first Montessori Kindergarten classroom in August of 2011. In August of 2012 two first grade Montessori classrooms and a Transitional Kindergarten Montessori classroom were added. In 2013 we grew to second grade and created four classes for first and second grade students. In 2014 we expanded to third grade giving us a total of six Lower Elementary classrooms. In 2015 we expanded to fourth grade and added an additional Lower Elementary classroom for a total of seven Lower Elementary classrooms. In 2016 we expanded to fifth grade. Our Montessori transition is complete. We have a total of three Early Childhood classrooms, seven Lower Elementary classrooms, and 4 Upper Elementary classrooms. All of our classrooms are multi-age. This increases the opportunities for peer teaching and student leadership.
We believe that a Montessori education is a powerful approach that will foster life long learning, intrinsic motivation and prepare our children to be productive citizens. of our planet.
Below are a few highlights which will give you insight to our passion for this proven approach to learning.
The Cottage Montessori Program develops children who have:
- A love of learning
- A love of silence
- A sense of order
- Genuine concern for others
- The students learn in a prepared environment, one of the central tenets of Montessori;s philosophy of learning.
- The prepared environment allows the child to fully develop and learn at his or her own pace through scientifically developed purposeful activities.
- The students learn with Montessori trained teachers who facilitate learning through supervising, nurturing, and guiding the child on his path to self-discovery.
- Montessori teachers are trained observers and recorders of the child's progress.
- Montessori teachers serve as a role model having intellectual curiosity, self-discipline, and a passion for learning.
- At Cottage Montessori our teachers have both California State Teaching Credentials and Montessori certification.
- The students learn using didactic materials, specifically designed hand-on materials which are self correcting using size, color, number or shape.
- The students' classroom is furnished with child-size furniture and fixtures. Everything is within the child's reach and easily accessible.
- The students have long periods of uninterrupted work. This helps the child build a high level of concentration while gaining a deep understanding of the concepts being learned.
- The students have individualized learning which follows his or her own inner pace and learning preference as they progress through the curriculum.
- The students have opportunities for peer teaching. When a child can explain what they know to make others understand, they gain a truer and deeper understanding for themselves.