Going Beyond Traditional Teaching
We believe children learn best when every aspect of their development – cognitive, physical, social, and emotional – is nurtured. Our Whole Child Education – based on the Montessori Method – focuses on early literacy, logical thinking, problem solving, social understanding, physical coordination, creativity, and positive character traits, such as sharing, cooperation and self-control.
Whole Child Education allows your child to develop the critical-thinking skills and intellectual curiosity that creates good citizens and fuels success in the classroom and beyond.
Maria Montessori was a doctor, research scientist, and educator from the late 1800’s – early 1900’s who made observations about how children learn. The Montessori Philosophy of Educationist based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s observation that children have a natural desire to learn and that stages of development exist for which there should be corresponding educational environments and trained adults (Teachers) who prepare these environments. Children can learn independently in a prepared environment with teachers who guide and establish connections between the student and the environment. By providing freedom of choice, this enriched learning environment cultivates individuals who learn to make independent decisions and to solve problems creatively. They learn to develop healthy social relationships, to develop skills in concentration, and to master basic academic and life skills. At FLMA students are challenged to create, explore and imagine.
The Montessori philosophy was originally developed in the early nineteen hundreds by Dr. Maria Montessori to enhance a child’s opportunities for learning, relevant to the student’s relationship to the world around him/her. Over the years, the philosophy has evolved to challenge the whole child’s personality and intellect in a variety of multicultural settings. Her teaching system is based on a strong integration of adult to child observation and practical hands on activities. From her observations, she designed functional learning environments created to support and enhance a child’s innate desire to learn about the world around him/her. Classroom materials offer learning experiences in a clear, concrete manner. Students are encouraged to use motor and intellectual discovery when working with these materials. There is an emphasis on the sequential and orderly acquisition of both motor and cognitive skills. This ordered work method also allows for individualization and usually offers a two to three year age span within the classroom; enabling students to work and learn at their own pace, as well as in group settings. The integration of varied age spans allows older students to gain confidence by working and role modeling materials with younger students. Collaborative learning and projects completed in groups encourage students to teach and learn with each other.
Montessori Education provides children the opportunity to fully develop their innate intellectual, physical, social and emotional potential. Folsom Lake Montessori Academy encourages parents to be an integral part of their child’s education by learning about the Montessori philosophy, observing in the classrooms, and volunteering in the school.
The Montessori Method
The Montessori Method helps children reach their fullest potential – at their own unique pace. How does this work in practice? Here are some of the basics:
Our directors and directresses use extensive observation to guide and help children learn and develop at their own pace. Respect for your child’s dignity and ability is critical.
While the “basics” are taught, other styles of learning – from musical and bodily- kinesthetic, to special, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and intuitive – are encouraged. Teachers observe and keep records to plan individual projects so your child is engaged and learning at his or her best pace.
Our instructors are also trained to ask questions rather than always provide answers. Discovering answers for themselves helps children develop self-esteem and self-confidence.
The environment plays an important role in learning. When adults first walk into a Montessori Classroom, they are often astonished – both by the level of activity, and by how tidy and quiet it is. Besides allowing children to self-direct their activities, we encourage self-discipline.
Give the variety of subjects being learned, work centers are arranged by subject. For children under age six, there are one to two uninterrupted work periods, each lasting three hours.
Research shows that children who receive a Montessori education are well prepared academically, socially, and emotionally. They also score well on standardized tests. But the real test of whether or not the system is working lies in the accomplishment and behavior of the children: their happiness, maturity, kindness, love of learning, and level of work.
Take A Tour To Learn More
To see the Montessori philosophy in action, please take a tour. The school opens: Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m