February Blog: Acorn Montessori

“Nestled deep within is the potential to become Mighty”

The quote above is taken from the poem https://pin.it/soeem4dwthyral. This poem reminds me of the Child. With the proper care and attention, the child like an acorn has the potential to become mighty.

Acorn Montessori embraces the uniqueness of each member of our school community and strive to create a solid foundation built on the Montessori Pedagogy.

Maria Montessori was a pioneer and broke barriers. In the late 1800’s she became one of Italy’s first female physicians. In the early 1900’s she became intrigued by education and immersed herself in educational theory. Before 1910 she opened her first “Casa dei Bambini” in San Lorenzo, Italy. With scientific observation and prior experience Dr. Montessori created an environment that fostered the child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.

I first learned about the Montessori Pedagogy in 1997 while obtaining my degree in Early Childhood Education. I was very skeptical of how Montessori could possibly work in teaching 3-6 year old children all in one space. I am honored to say I could not have been more wrong 23 years ago. Not only does a multi-aged classroom work, it is in my top 5 reasons why I love Montessori. In a multi-aged Montessori environment children have the ability to be an observer, a work or a teacher regardless of age.

The Observer: When the student watches without distracting others. To the untrained eye they may appear to be “doing nothing” when it truth they are learning and taking in knowledge to gain a better understanding of a piece of work.

The Worker: When the student applies the knowledge gained through lessons or observation and applies it to the work until he/she feels proficient.

The Teacher: When the student has mastered a piece of work and is proud to share their knowledge with their peers.

At Acorn Montessori it is our hope that we can provide an environment where children can learn to be an observer, a worker and a teacher. The goal is to not obtain one but all.

We are now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2020/2021 school year.

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