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Greater Atlanta Montessori School
and the Montessori Method of Education

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A Montessori school is an environment that embodies the educational principles established by Dr. Maria Montessori as she consistently and scientifically observed how children develop and learn.

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Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) was an Italian physician whose career was dedicated to the study of children. She discovered that the characteristics at each stage of human development are unique, and that the foundation of the whole personality is laid during the early years of life. This discovery is now universally accepted in scientific circles. Dr, Maria Montessori said, the mind of the child, which in the first six years of life is different from that at any later stage of development and she called this the Absorbent Mind.

In a Montessori class, interactive learning occurs in an environment carefully prepared by an educator trained to work with children of that specific age group. In a non-graded class of mixed ages the children spontaneously and independently use materials designed by Dr. Montessori. They choose their own activities and develop practical and intellectual abilities through individual discovery and exploration of language, mathematics, geography, geometry, art and music.

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The highly social atmosphere of this environment stems from a unique combination of freedom and structure, founded on respect. Montessori education aids the fullest development of a child's potential and provides each child with the foundation for a life of joyful learning.

Usually children enter around the age of three and remain in a class for three years. Montessori school offers programs for infant/toddler groups (ages 2 months-3 years), primary group (ages 3 to 6), and elementary groups (6-9 and 9-12 years). In a Montessori school, parents are encouraged to attend meetings on topics such as child development, parenting, Montessori philosophy and practice, in addition to individual parent conferences.

At greater Atlanta Montessori School we are committed to upholding the highest standards of Montessori education. The teacher's training is based on the original approach of Dr. Maria Montessori, and this is reflected in the principles and practices applied in each class.

The Montessori method of education as practiced consists of five areas:

  • Practical Life Exercises,
  • Sensorial Exercises,
  • The Language Area,
  • The Math Area,
  • and the Cultural Area.

Each activity is designed to help the child develop through a natural progression of teaching and exercises.

Practical Life Exercises:

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Through Practical Life Exercises the child gains a sense of independence. One day the child will be able to combine all the activities he or she has learned then be able to develop their own logical conclusions. Adults must not give too much or too little direction. By giving neither too much nor too little help, we can satisfy the child who says. "Help me to help myself." Through repetition of the Practical Life exercises, the child gradually gains control of mind and body, resulting in "self-control." This self-control will lead the child toward independence and normalization.

The Practical Life Exercises offer the child the activities that connect him with the reality of his or her environment.

In the words of Dr. Maria Montessori: "Follow the child... A child whose needs
are satisfied does not care whether something belongs to him or not. What he
wants is precisely a sense of satisfaction. " "There is a special secret which
enables the children to carry out their practical activities with success It is
the precision, the exactness with which the acts must be performed." "A refined
and perfect child is capable of entering upon any path that helps to advance. "



Sensorial Exercises
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Sensorial materials and exercises are the most valuable for the child's intellectual development. It is designed to refine the child's senses. As a result, the child gains the development of intellectual order, and the quality of the child's orientation to her environment is improved. Through the activities, the child's memory is being developed by the games. The child gains greater knowledge and sensitivity of the world around him.

The child is being trained to think more clearly. All the sensorial exercises are designed to use the child's sensitive periods to create indirect preparation for subsequent skills and knowledge.

Through the use of manipulative materials, the child absorbs through the senses before being able to understand intellectually. The child is given the whole bases for understanding mathematics later on.  The child absorbs basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra and geometry through manipulating the mathematically designed materials. 

The child's hand is being prepared for writing.The child is being prepared for art, and for scientific training.The child is being prepared for nature study by learning to be more keenly aware.  All abstractions rest on concrete experiences.

 


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The Language Area:

The Language Area curriculum begins with vocabulary development. 

It then progresses through learning to recognize the names of objects in our environment.  From this foundation, the child will progress into reading and writing skills. 

 

 



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The Math Area:

The child will begin to work with activities involving pattern, sequencing, recognition, and formation of numbers (1 - 1000), and the quantity of numbers 1 though 10.

After gaining ability in number recognition, sequencing and formation, the child will progress into the four math operations: adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

 

 


 

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The Cultural Area:

Science and Geography,  Music and Art

The children will learn the basic concepts of the parts of animals, humans, and plants.  They will also learn the basic solar system

The children will learn the formation of land and water, as well as the map of the world, the flags of the different countries, and the different cultures.

Music and Art are integrated with our daily activities


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