Additional Components of the Montessori Program
Maria Montessori believed that a healthy mind, body, and spirit are essential for success. She also believed in children learning to be peaceful, contributing members of their community. Other goals of her method of education include:
- Altruism – caring for others, community, and the common good
- Self-control – patience, graciousness, internalized reward
- Power of choice – personal satisfaction
- Art of Diplomacy/Conflict resolution – handling relationships and peaceful resolutions
- Problem-solving – ability to solve problems from different ways
Here lies the secret ingredients of Montessori education. It is being labeled by researchers, as EQ (Emotional Intelligence) or the Executive Function, the ability to adapt, problem-solve, reason, and possess social responsibility.
This is for those looking for something more than just a traditional education. In the historical time line, just as we as a society have moved from Agricultural to Industrial to Technological Eras in years past, we are now transitioning from the Technological Era to the Enlightened Era, A traditional education will be insufficient, if not obsolete, for the leaders of tomorrow.
Blending Montessori with State Curriculum Requirements
At Morey Montessori, we also have a responsibility to prepare our students to meet all state curriculum outcome expectations, and perform well on standardized assessment tools. Some instruction does come in a more traditional format, with small and large group presentations, practice, and assessment. Our goal is to provide the best of both worlds, combining the strengths of a Montessori program, with the strengths of the State Curriculum and the Center for Charter Schools’ resources and guidelines.