In today's society, we often have a polarized view of things. The middle ground rarely seems to exist in our psyches, and with Education it is no exception. People often desire a rigorous curriculum, strong academic standards, and high test scores, or they espouse to create an integrated, arts based, multi-sensory/multi-modality (teaching topics through music, art, hands on materials...) open educational environment. The two camps rarely mix.
WHY? It is the Montessorian belief that we can have the best of both worlds. Keeping this in mind, Montessori education is taught by teachers who believe in, and are able to integrate the teaching of all subjects, not as isolated disciplines, but as part of a whole. True Montessori programs offer the following:
Mathematics curriculum presented with concrete materials that simultaneously reveal arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic correlations.
Use of timelines, pictures, charts, and other visual aids that provide a linguistic and visual overview of the first principles of each discipline.
Montessori studies are integrated not only in terms of subject matter, but in terms of moral learning resulting in empathy, justice, and appreciation for each other and other forms of life.
Examples of Student Work
Below are a finished collection of reports, biographies, personal narratives, fictional stories, and poems written and illustrated by my second and third grade students.