More than just a classroom, the room, materials, children, and teacher(s) are all an integral part of the Montessori experience. From the layout to the furnishings, everything is child-sized to create a comfortable and engaging environment for students. Here, even the youngest of children can learn to be independent and resourceful thinkers.
Activities are designed so that students can work independently and at their own pace. While teachers are present to provide guidance, many materials are self-correcting (e.g., graduated cylinders not ordered correctly will leave an empty space). By encouraging both critical and creative thinking skills, self-directed learning allows children to learn at their own pace.
At Alpine Montessori, materials are organized into multiple categories:
- Practical Life
- Sensorial Art
- Number Work
Science and Nature activities are also available, and vary over the course of the year.
The Alpine Experience
Each class at Alpine consists of mixed-age students. Predominantly two to six years old, newer students are eager to learn by watching their older peers, while older students are excited to act as teachers and models to their fresh cohorts. While each child brings his own sense of maturity and composure, our community environment allows all students to experience the give-and-take of life as part of a diverse group.Typically, students and teachers remain together for at least three years. Not only does this allow for formative early relationships to flourish, but it means that your child’s time here will be uniquely tailored to the teachers’ observations of his strengths. With years of both education and experience, our professional educators know when to intervene and when to stand back, when to offer guidance and when to let mistakes play out, and how to appropriately interact and mediate according to each student’s needs.
At Alpine, we learn by doing!
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