IS MONTESSORI RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?
"By the end of kindergarten, among 5-year-olds, “Montessori students proved to be significantly better prepared for elementary school in reading and math skills than the non-Montessori children,” according to researchers. “They also tested better on “executive function,” the ability to adapt to changing and more complex problems, an indicator of future school and life success.”
Wall Street Journal
Each year we enroll a limited number of students into our program to ensure that we offer the best educational experience to our students and families. We only enroll 30 students in our programs every year. A Montessori education prepares a child for future success in the real world. Children encounter problems to solve, questions to answer, collaborative teams to join, all in a Christ centered environment.
We believe that each student develops at his or her own pace. No students will be held back or pushed ahead simply because it is "time" to learn a new lesson. We teach in a child's Zone of Proximal Development, thereby ensuring that he or she is being challenged, yet not pushed to the point of frustration. We avoid boredom in our classrooms by always having new and challenging work for our students.
The benefits of an early childhood Montessori education, according to The American Montessori Society are:
Each child is valued as an individual and educated according to his personal interests and needs.
From a very early age, students learn how to organize, focus, concentrate, and be independent.
Students are a part of a close-knit, caring environment as they remain in the same classroom for multiple years.
Using their internal drive for satisfaction, students are given the freedom to choose their work within the classroom.
Students are encouraged to find answers to their questions, such as "Why does the sun go down at night?"
Students are taught to find their own errors within their work and self-correct until the work is mastered.
Our Toddler Program for children ages 2 years to 3 years addresses the three primary developmental needs for a child under age 3 and provides objects, relationships and an environment which fulfill the toddler's innate inner compulsion to learn:
Movement: Children strengthen their gross muscle and coordination skills through planned activities like scrubbing, pouring and balancing. Movement enhances thinking and learning. Toddlers also use specialized play equipment that stimulates fine and gross motor development, are treated to outdoor learning experiences and gardening.
Language: A robust and language-rich environment is vital for toddlers. At one year of age, a child may only have a few words in their vocabulary. By age 3, the child can have a 1,000-2,000 word vocabulary if placed in the right environment. Because 2-year-olds are acute listeners, activities include singing, rhyming, reading stories and naming and labeling of materials.
Order: The Montessori environment creates predictability that lets children concentrate and focus on learning. Materials are kept in an orderly manner and activities follow a predictable routine that lets children build self-esteem because they can feel in control of their decisions and take initiative in learning new and challenging skills.
PRIMARY PROGRAM (3 - 6 YEARS)
The Princeton Primary Montessori curriculum is filled with exciting and challenging areas of study, such as geography and mathematics, but also incorporates the teaching of life skills as we prepare your child to be successful in the world.
1. Practical Life
These materials relate to the care of self, care of one's space, and grace and courtesy. These exercises enable children to develop independence, self-esteem, confidence, coordination and concentration.
The sensorial materials provide the first introduction to the refinement of visual skills such as discrimination of size, height, width and breadth dimensions, as well as aural, olfactory, oral and tactile discrimination.
Ingenious manipulative materials and exercises help the child experience number and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) very concretely so that they are well prepared to move to the abstract.
The study of language is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. For example, children are exposed to names of geometric shapes, parts of the flower, the names of continents and oceans in the belief that a greater vocabulary enriches the child’s general knowledge but also aids him/her in the quest of learning to read. Children learn to read by recognizing individual sounds in words and associating them with letters and combinations of letters. Children progress through Montessori’s sequenced, phonetic language materials at their own pace.
The Montessori classroom provides experiences encompassing the subjects of science, zoology, history, art and Geography. In Geography, discoveries are made about the people who live on different continents. Montessori students learn about food, music, clothing, traditions, holidays, customs,
housing, as well as the plants and animals of various regions. They learn to appreciate the wonder found in the similarities and differences found around the world.
ELEMENTARY PROGRAM (6-12 YEARS)
Princeton Preparatory School's elementary program is designed to educate students through projects, hands-on experiences, and creative exploration. During the Spring semester of each year, Princeton Preparatory Schools conducts academic assessment and progression throughout the Elementary School.
The hallmark of a Montessori elementary program is individualized instruction, one-on-one time between teacher and student. This allows the students to grow at their own pace and explore topics that are of interest to them.
We focus on the 4 core academic areas in class:
We also believe that integrating fine arts into the curriculum is very important. These students all take piano lessons and have a piano in the classroom for daily practice. We also have a computer lab that allows students to be creative and inventive through research.
We follow the Montessori scope & sequence, aligning with Georgia educational standards to ensure all of our students are at or above grade level in the 4 core academic areas.
Elementary students need dedicated time for large movement, play, and free time. School day activities include Swimming lessons on Mondays, and Horse Riding lessons on Fridays.
Our elementary students are evaluated based on a mastery system, not a grading system. Each child must achieve a certain level of mastery before moving on to a subsequent academic concept. We do not "grade" our students, as we believe there are no failing students, there are simply students who have not yet mastered a concept and require more time or an alternative teaching method for a particular area.
We believe that all children are capable of showing us proficiency in specific subjects through projects, reports, plays, and other creative methods, as opposed to a written test for each subject.
21st CENTURY GLOBAL CLASSROOM
In a progressive world, we need progressive and integrated education. In educating the 21st Century Learner, we prepare children for the global experience. At Princeton Preparatory Schools, children learn critical thinking skills, application of knowledge, analysis of information, comprehension of new ideas, communication, collaboration, problem solving, and decision making.
All of these concepts and skills are blended with the core curriculum areas, expression of creativity, foreign language, technology, inquiry, and entrepreneurialism to give the children a diverse, demanding, and progressive education. Children use multiple modes for presentations which may include any combination of oral, written, demonstration, and visual platforms. These range in formality from one on one, to small or large group presentations, to formal presentations. We continue to follow the path out of the classrooms to allow our children to experience correspondence with others which in turn deeply enriches their cultural awareness and understanding.