We embrace the challenge of educating children responsibly. Within the Montessori educational philosophy, there are many components which make each classroom a special and inspiring place.
Planes of Development
Montessori education is structured around four distinct planes of development (ages 0-3, 3-6, 6-12 and 12-14) where children in specific age groups share similar physical and cognitive traits. The classroom environment, curriculum and instruction are specially designed to meet these developmental stages.
Our classrooms are multi-age classrooms, usually with students ranging in three-year spans, structured around the four distinct planes of development.
This allows each student an opportunity to experience being a newcomer and eventually a leader in the classroom community. This allows for strong and meaningful relationships among students, teachers, and parents because children stay with the same teacher for three years.
Scope and Sequence
Roots prepares our students for life by offering them an uncompromising academic program that develops important skills such as critical thinking, healthy independence, goal setting, creativity, responsibility, communication, and confidence.
Dr. Montessori referred to this approach as “Educating the Whole Child”. This is why it is the mission of Roots Montessori to inspire a love of learning and development of the whole person to equip them for the journey ahead.
Practical Life skills help the student navigate the physical and social world they are in. This strengthens their ability to work in a group, develop a plan and carry it out, and manage a responsibility. It also increases the awareness of needs of others, caring for themselves and their environment and continued practice of grace and courtesy. Overall, these things combine to lead to increased confidence.
The classroom teacher acts as a guide and facilitator, rather than as a traditional educator, and is continually assessing the progress of each student. The teacher provides lessons and guides the children in the pursuit of their interests and passions. The progression from introduction to mastery of the material is the goal for each student, with each student progressing at a rate suitable for them as an individual.
Not all Montessori schools are equal
It’s important to know that not all schools that use the term “Montessori” actually follow the Montessori methods of teaching or use of materials. An important piece of homework any prospective parent should do is to investigate how closely a school respects the guidelines and requirements set forth by The American Montessori Society (AMS).
AMS requires a 3 year accreditation process; you can read more about AMS requirements here. Or ask us how Roots is well on the way to achieving full accreditation.