Rooted Life Montessori
Rooted Life Montessori ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Texas for:
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- Parents who choose Montessori do so because of the emphasis on self-directed learning, the multi-age grouping environment, and the dedication to individualized growth and development.
- 1. Self-directed learning
- The Montessori philosophy is based on a child's innate ability to learn and develop when given the proper tools and opportunity. Montessori focuses on the individual child and their potential. As no two children are at the same point in their development at the same time, neither should our curriculum; rather, it should be open to flow with the child. If a child of seven is reading on a Kindergarten level, working algebra, and exploring science at the same time, should the curriculum allow this? Yes! Montessori teachers are trained to support children where they are having difficulty and challenge them where they are advancing.
- 2. Age-appropriate programs and curricula.
- There are four distinct planes of development in a child and our classrooms are designed to meet the needs of each plane. Our programs are all mixed-age(Primary, ages 3-6/Elementary I, ages 6-9/ Elementary II, ages 9-12)) which allows for our children to grow at their own pace, as well as learn from and lead one another. This social training, intricately woven into the Montessori curriculum, is as important as the academic achievements. Through carefully selected lessons on Grace and Courtesy, a beautiful environment emerges in the classroom as younger children begin to emulate the behavior of the older children, and the older children begin developing the skill of mentoring the younger ones
- 3. Environment
- Montessori environments are unique in that the children are not all sitting at desks in neat little rows with the teacher lecturing from the front. Rather, our environment facilitates a natural love for learning by being open to the children in their freedom of movement. Power struggles and discipline issues improve when the child realizes he is at last free to explore the environment specifically designed for him. Each environment provides a sense of order appropriate for that age group, which allows the child to succeed at organizing and synthesizing the new knowledge he is acquiring daily.
- 4.Developing The Four Core Skills
- The primary aim of every material, every lesson, and all daily work, is to develop what we call OCCI.
- Order(O): Order is created both externally, through a well-organized environment, and internally, in the way the child operates within the classroom. Thus, a routine is very important as well; with a place for every thing and every thing in its place.
- Concentration (C): Concentration is necessary behavior before any learning takes place, and our classroom procedures and materials encourage it. The child who laboriously scrubs a table and attends to the details of their work is laying the foundation for calm effortless concentration in future academic pursuits.
- Coordination( C): Physical coordination is necessary behavior for children because they learn through the body and senses. Skills such as balance, hand-eye coordination, rhythm, fine-motor control, and body control are all cultivated through opportunities provided by the materials. Attention to movement is not instinctive, but is rather a planned, voluntary action.
- Independence (I): Independence is a goal of learning and comes from a child's innate desire to understand and affect his or her environment. It is only through self-motivated accomplishments that we experience the joy of learning.
- Without OCCI, no academic curriculum has the opportunity to flourish. So, too, our Primary and Elementary classrooms' foundation is encapsulated in a soil of OCCI to allow your child's full potential to bloom.
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