Time flies when you’re having fun and at The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) that’s certainly true this summer as campers enjoyed exploring, discovering, and learning during SummerScape 2022. Educators know that it is important for children to take time off from their regular school-year studies to engage in different kinds of activities and learning experiences. SummerScape at MSR provides ample opportunities for children ages 15 months through grade 6 to do just that.
The Montessori School of Raleigh is the Triangle’s modern embodiment and mindful practice of the time-proven Montessori philosophy,
developing agile thinkers, poised communicators, and gracious collaborators—engineers of authentic and fulfilling lives.
The Montessori School of Raleigh is open for on-campus classes Monday through Friday.
A virtual, blended-learning option is also available to MSR families.
Montessori materials are hands-on learning tools designed to provide children with opportunities to learn through repetition and practice. In a MSR classroom, students are given lessons with these materials which focus on one skill at a time. Materials are intentionally designed to support independent learning and problem-solving. The use of materials grows in complexity as students continue to learn and develop from concrete to abstract learning.
The Montessori School of Raleigh graduated its Class of 2022 during a commencement ceremony on Friday, June 3. The tented event took place on the school’s Brier Creek Campus where the graduates, their families, faculty, staff, and friends gathered to celebrate the many accomplishments of the seven graduating seniors and launch them into the next chapter of their lives.
Dr. Maria Montessori believed in the power of the natural world to teach and inspire children and support their growth as thoughtful citizens of the world. As we look ahead to celebrating Earth Day on April 22, 2022, we are reminded of the many ways the study of nature informs learning and discovery in the Montessori classroom. The following is excerpted from "Why Connect With Nature" published online by Age of Montessori, highlighting how parents can guide their child's understanding of and appreciation for nature.
When baking a cake, simply assembling the ingredients does not make a cake; they must be mixed in the proper portions and baked for the appropriate time. The same is true for the “ingredients” of companies and nations. In our complex modern world, simply hiring engineers, financiers, lawyers, etc. will not make a successful company or government; they must all work together to achieve a successful outcome. Even for an individual working with others is a crucial ingredient for success.
As an engineer, I have seen hundreds of knowledgeable engineers who live in a world of LaPlace Transforms and Bessel Functions but could not work with others to achieve a result. The Montessori philosophy addresses this issue in a way that public education does not.
What do tigers, coats, and pies have in common? They all provide inspiration for MSR’s Upper School students to “Lead4Change” and make a difference in their community and world.
Beginning this fall, MSR’s 9th and 10th grade students engaged in the Lead4Change program: “a leadership curriculum with a community service framework” with a goal of “empowering students to act, serve, and make BIG things happen” (lead4change.org). It involves students in a series of leadership lessons which culminate in the implementation of a student-led community service project.
The Montessori approach to education is an inclusive and globally-centered one. As we celebrate Black History Month this February, we would like to recognize the contribution of two of many Black American Montessorians who lived these Montessori values and made significant contributions in their communities: Mae Arlene Gadpaille and Roslyn Davis Williams.
Dr. Maria Montessori discovered a child’s "Sensitive Periods" through careful study and observation. These periods are essentially developmental time frames during which the acquisition of specific skills is optimum. Dr. Montessori designed her classrooms in three-year programs or cycles and Montessori teachers are specifically trained to meet their students' needs within the cycle.
Multi-age classrooms and three-year cycles—these are just two of the things that set a Montessori education apart from other educational models. The value of this Montessori Method lies in the way it allows students to deepen their understanding and grow as independent and engaged learners. For teachers, having the same students for three years means really getting to know student—how they learn best, what are their areas of strength and their areas for growth.
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