Wild Rose Montessori School is a community of learners personally invested in the Montessori Method. We believe that Dr. Montessori’s original observations of children, over one hundred years ago, stand true today; children are naturally good, naturally peaceful and naturally motivated to learn.
Maria Montessori imagined classroom environments within which the natural development of children informed all other teaching choices. From child sized tables (a Montessori innovation!) to specially designed materials, many of Montessori’s original designs remain in practice today.
Unique Qualities of Montessori you should expect to see at Wild Rose Montessori School:
A Physical Environment Designed to be Accessible to the Children
Each component of a Montessori classroom is ideally designed to create a “children’s house,” complete with everything a child needs for his or her independence at a scale appropriate for the child.
Concrete, Didactic, Self-correcting Materials
High quality, beautiful materials entice children to explore challenging concepts in ways that reflect specific qualities of children’s growth.
A Multi-age Environment
The multi-age classroom allows children to learn from each other and explore a variety of social roles as learners and teachers, leaders and followers, sometimes engaged in independent work and sometimes engaged in work with other children. By the end of their years in the classroom, the child’s confidence, self-efficacy, and ability to collaborate with others reflect their invaluable experiences as part of a reliable community.
Specially Educated Teachers
The Montessori teacher’s role differs from that of a traditional teacher. Montessori teachers are expected to act as scientists in the classroom, carefully observing each child’s development to prepare an environment which is specifically responsive to the needs of the children it serves. Montessori teachers facilitate children’s curiosity by matching individual lessons to individual children.
In a carefully prepared environment, rich in high quality materials and supported by expert teachers, the curriculum can closely follow the interests and rhythms of each child. Children choose the materials of interest to them and are introduced to new materials in the classroom when they are developmentally appropriate for the child.