Philosophy, Approach and Methodology


 

“I have studied the child, I have taken what the child has given me and experienced it and that is called the Montessori Method.”

Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

Spanish Immersion Montessori School provides a quality immersion education in a natural environment. We believe that our role as a program is to partner with the families to help in the education of the whole child, socially, physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.   Each student in our program is encouraged to develop a strong sense of his or her own abilities and responsibilities as thinking individuals, and as members of a community.  We hope and believe each child will take their places in future classrooms with joy, confidence, and a true appreciation of and respect for themselves, for others, and for the process of learning.

Our philosophy is based on The Montessori Education.  We believe that a magic window of opportunity for language acquisition exists when children are very young and that exposure to multiple languages at a young age improves a child’s ability to master languages in later years.

The Montessori Method of Education is a child-centered educational approach that celebrates and nurtures each child‘s intrinsic desire to learn.  The Method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.  It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment.  It is an approach that values the human spirit and the whole child-physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.

Our Spanish Immersion Montessori classroom offers:

Multi-age classrooms allowing teachers to develop close and long-term relationships with their students, allowing  them to know each other’s learning style well, and encourage older students to become role models, mentors, and leaders to younger students.

Integrated curriculum is carefully structured and connects subjects within programs (Science, Language, and cultural arts to maximize the opportunity for learning and builds from program to program to progress from concrete to abstract learning).

Peace and conflict resolution are taught daily and children learn to be a part of a warm, respectful, and supportive community.

The Child creates, in a very real sense, the adult that is to be, through his/her experiences, interactions, and environments. Character development is a central focus of the Montessori curriculum.

Hands-on learning is central to the curriculum and leads to children being engaged rather than passive with their work.

The environments are responsibly and carefully prepared with multi-sensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials to support self-directed learning.

Teachers and children and teachers and parents work together as a warm and supportive community.

Self-expression is nurtured in all children. Children experience art, music, poetry, theater, writing, and other forms of creative arts with confidence and passion.

“Education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child”

                              – Maria Montessori

As well as Maria Montessori we emphasizes learning through all five senses.  Montessori students learn through sensory-motor activities, working with materials that develop their cognitive powers through  direct experience: seeing, hearing, testing, smelling, touching, and movement.   Children at Spanish Immersion Montessori School will learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities.   Learning is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. They grow together as peaceful and loving community.

Spanish Immersion approach: In order to maximize exposure to the new language, classes are conducted fully in Spanish. Our program is based on four main approaches: Total Physical Response or TPR (developed by James Asher, professor at San José State University), which is based on the theory that the memory is enhanced through association with physical movement; a Natural Approach (developed by Krashen and Terrell at Stanford University) in which language teaching methods are presented in informal and familiar settings where the primary focus is on listening and comprehension and language production is not forced, but allowed to emerge spontaneously; Multiple Intelligence, which connects our curricula with the learner’s capacity and learning styles using words, numbers, music, etc. (Developed by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University) and The Montessori Method.  “This is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children.