Nashoba Montessori School
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The school’s philosophy is to foster independence and respect, love of learning and a positive sense of self in a specially prepared environment. Every child is encouraged to function independently at his or her own developmental rate. We strongly encourage parent participation in the classroom and school related committees.

The Montessori Method is a multi-sensory approach to learning. Within the classroom are specifically designed materials that promote self-motivation through repetition and success. The child is encouraged to manipulate and explore the materials in the environment. This exploration takes place in a respectful, cooperative and non-competitive atmosphere.

The Montessori materials are designed to meet the needs of the children operating at various levels of development. The children progress from simple, familiar activities to those activities that are more complex and appeal to the more advanced student. They gain valuable social skills while working within a mixed-age, family-like classroom.

What makes Montessori Education Unique?

  1. The “whole child” Approach.  A primary goal of a Montessori program is to help each child reach full potential in his/her physical, emotional, social and cognitive needs.  The Montessori curriculum provides the resources and atmosphere for exploration and discovery, allows students to experience the joy of learning, promotes the development of self-esteem, and fosters respect for one’s self, for others, and for the environment.
  2. The “Prepared Environment.”  In order for self-directed learning to take place, the whole learning environment—room, materials, and social climate—must be supportive of the learner.  The teacher provides opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive climate.  The teacher thus gains the children’s trust, which enables them to try new things with success, building self-confidence.
  3. The Montessori Materials.  Dr. Maria Montessori’s observations of activities children enjoyed and repeated led her to design a number of multisensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials that facilitate the learning of isolated skills and abstract ideas.
  4. The Teacher.  The Montessori teacher functions as a facilitator of learning.  As such he/she is a designer of the environment, resource person, guide, role model, demonstrator, and meticulous observer and recorder of each student’s behavior and growth.
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