Montessori Overview

Montessori education offers a unique experience designed to help your child maximize her potential; an educational environment that is purposefully designed to meet her unique developmental needs and adults who are specifically trained to observe and put her in touch with exactly what she needs at that very moment to learn.

A school is a group of people who come together with a common purpose; education is the experience that your child has with these people. At Green River Montessori, we work diligently to provide a positive and formative experience that will serve his/her now and for the rest of his/her life.

The conventional educational system was designed during the industrial revolution, when the masses moved into urban areas to work in factories.

They created an effective method of training the following generations of factory workers. Children were instructed to memorize and regurgitate facts – to stop working when the bell rings – to sit in nice, neat rows of desks and ask for permission to move. It is no longer relevant in our modern culture.

Today, successful people work on projects not factory lines. They are rewarded for creating things rather than following orders. And, they are expected to adapt quickly to change within their profession, rather than working at the same job for 50 years. 


But what exactly is Montessori education?

At its core, it simply is a way of being with children that allows each child to develop fully into the person he was destined to be. Just as you make every effort to ensure that your home is loving and safe – so that your child feels secure and well adjusted – we work diligently to ensure that the physical environment, the teachers and the student community will meet your child’s needs with respect and support at each step in his educational journey.

Instead of expecting that he pay attention to the teacher in front of a class of 30 children, it is the Montessori teacher who pays close attention to your child which fosters a trusting relationship – an education partnership of sorts – in which he will have faith that his teacher truly understands and respects him for the human being into which he is transforming.

Our world doesn’t need more test takers, memorizers or followers.

Now, more than ever, we need critical thinkers, entrepreneurs and do-ers. Montessori education prepares children to take on the future with confidence and zeal, propelled by the gift of self knowledge and a lifelong passion for learning.

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Practical Life

At Green River Montessori, we want children to learn and grow by providing them with meaningful, real, practical activities for use in life. The lessons found in the Practical Life area of the classroom provide those real-life experiences for children. In addition, these lessons.

•  Help children to develop independence
•  Promote concentration
•  Encourage taking responsibility
•  Involve large and small muscle development (which helps a child to learn to control their movements)

These Practical Life Montessori lessons may also include:

•  Sewing
•  Pouring liquids
•  Sweeping
•  Dusting
•  Polishing
•  Table washing

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Sensorial

At the early preschool age, children are becoming keenly aware of their five senses.
The Sensorial Education area of our classroom helps children develop and sort out all the impressions they are feeling with their senses. Dr. Montessori believed that with the opportunity for a child to explore through sensorial activities, the child would become more intelligent.

Through the use of sight, touch, taste, smell, and sound, a child at Green River Montessori begins to explore, observe, and become aware of the physical world they are in. Sensorial activities help the preschool child learn to discriminate among the various senses and feel a sense of order, and also help prepare him/her to be a logical, aware, and perceptive person. The sensorial materials at GM assist the child in developing an understanding that forms the basis for abstract thought.

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Language

When the child arrives in the Montessori classroom, he has fully absorbed his culture's language. He has already constructed the spoken language and with his entry into the classroom, he will begin to consolidate the spoken language and begin to explore the written forms of language.

Because language is an intrical involvement in the process of thinking, the child will need to be spoken to and listened to often. The child will need a broad exposure to language, with correct articulation, enunciation, and punctuation. The child will need to experience different modes of language and to hear and tell stories. Most importantly, the child needs to feel free and be encouraged to communicate with others.

With the child's absorbent mind the child by age six will have reached the 3rd point of consciousness in language where he understands that sounds and words have meaning and that these symbols can be used in writing. He will become fully articulate, he will be able to express himself in writing, he will be able to read with ease, and have a full comprehension of the thoughts of others.

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Math

Montessori math materials help children approach math with hands-on, visual, and physical learning aids. These materials allow students to attach concrete knowledge to the often abstract concepts in math. As children progress through the Montessori math framework, the materials become more abstract, as students internalize more of the knowledge scaffolded by the materials.
Our preschoolers have the capacity to reason, calculate, and estimate. They are naturally conscious of quantity and counting, whether it’s pebbles on the beach or cookies for dessert.
The mathematics materials at GM build upon each other in increasing complexity:
Preschool and kindergarten students start by learning quantity and then the symbol that quantity represents.
This eventually leads to a child incorporating quantity and symbols to perform more and more complex mathematics operations.
This Montessori process allows for the child to experience the thrill of discovery as part of a natural progression.

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Geography

Can toddlers and preschoolers learn about geography? Absolutely, if the teaching methods are appropriate for them. GM begin basic geography concepts early in the child’s life. The Montessori approach to geography allows children to learn concepts in a tactile, hands-on way. Geography comes to life when it is presented in the way young children learn best.

In GM, Geography is divided up into two strands: the physical geography of the earth and the political geography that includes things like countries and their borders. We begin with the physical, as it is based on real information that little kids can see, touch, and truly understand. This subject dips into geology, which looks at what the earth is composed of, but instead of leading further into the study of rocks and minerals, it serves as a foundation on which children can more fully understand the concepts of political geography.

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Science

Children are naturally curious, and they have a tremendous ability to observe even the smallest of details. The Montessori science curriculum aims to give children the opportunity to learn about the world around them, and it encourages them to use all of their senses when exploring. Similar to the rest of the Montessori curriculum, the science area first piques children's interest with simple activities and gradually moves to more complex material.

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Art

Art is one of our favorite things! Each classroom has a dedicated art area, and it’s safe to say that art activities are among the most popular choices available. Some of the art materials are changed out each month and others, like the easel, are constant fixtures. Let’s take a peek inside our Montessori art curriculum and see what brings our little artists coming back for more!

 

Programs

Green River Montessori (GM) offers the following programs for preschool, kindergarten, before & After School Enrichment Programs:

Half Day Program: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Full Day Program: 8:30am – 2:30pm
Extended Day Program: 6:00am – 6:30pm
Before School Care:  6:00-7:30 & 6:00-10:30

After School Care:  12:30pm-6:30pm & 2:00 pm- 6:30 pm

In addition to above, GM offers dance lessons, computer lab, field trips, Spanish language and extra curricular programs

Preschool 

2-5

The preschool program is truly a gift to your child. Designed for children between the ages of 2 to 5 years, it is an opportunity to nurture his/her individual development within the context of a group setting. The result? Self confidence, joy and a life long love-for-learning.

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Kindergarten

5-6

kindergarten supports the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. Teachers encourage students to explore and use materials at their own developmental level and pace. The teachers thoughtfully prepare the classroom environment to invite curiosity and stimulate learning. By making independent choices, the child develops self‐ motivation, self‐regulation, and problem-solving skills. Children move from the concrete to the abstract through manipulating, experimenting, and discovering. Teachers find many opportunities to refer children to one another; adults support students’ spontaneous cooperative efforts.

Before & After school program 

6-12

Our before and after school program has 30 years history to provide quality service to the community. We have serviced the students from Prado View Elementary School and offers the student an unparalleled opportunity for learn and prepare for the future. We provide pick up, drop off, tutoring, snack and outdoor activities. Your imaginative, social and creative child needs an environment with appropriate freedom and limitations, with an expansive curriculum to support his/her curiosity and prepare her for the challenges of the future. When joining our program, your child is welcomed with the sense of connection to their community through the educational and social experiences offered here at Green River Montessori. 

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Want to learn more? Get in touch and one of our staff members will gladly answer all of your questions.