Montessori education is a multi-age, child-oriented method of education designed to assist children in their natural process of growth and development. Based on a profound respect for children, Montessori provides a structured environment for individual and small group learning. The flexibility of self-directed work with the scientifically developed Montessori materials leads to inner-discipline and provides limitless opportunities for accomplishment. Individual and collaborative work leads to independence, creativity and social development. There are successive prepared environments tailored to children of different age groups – sixteen months to three years; three to six, six to nine, nine to twelve, and twelve to fourteen.
Here at CMS, our eight classrooms are designed to be child-centered communities. All of the furniture, kitchen areas, and materials are scaled to the size of the students in the room. Great care is taken to ensure that the spaces are beautiful, simple, and inviting to the children. Students learn to work with and respect each others work space, and to treat each other with grace and courtesy. Montessori classrooms are “prepared environments” equipped with a full range of educational materials. Children’s natural curiosity leads to exploration and learning, with the guidance of a highly trained Montessori teacher. Unlike traditional education, the role of the Montessori teacher is to give individual and group lessons. Through encouragement and minimal intervention, the teacher helps establish and maintain an atmosphere of calm attentiveness and focused activity.