“Enjoy your day learning the Montessori way.”
That’s how the Village School broadcast journalism students sign off from each of their newscasts. Ask them what it means, and they may tell you about the hands-on materials and passion-driven projects, like doing a year-long research project when they are 12-years-old or writing a novel in middle school.
They may praise their supportive teachers with whom they develop a trusting and family-like relationship as they work and learn together for up to three years. You might even hear about being in class with students of different ages, where they collaborate and mentor each other while learning at their own pace.
Ask a Village School teacher what it means, and you may hear about the benefits of using concrete materials, a grace and courtesy based curriculum, prioritized child-led learning, honing practical-life skills, and focusing on process over product education.
Montessori teachers encourage students to make decisions about their learning based on their interests and provide them with tools that empower them to solve problems. This choice amplifies a child’s motivation, strengthening comprehension and retention of concepts, and preparing them for whatever may come their way, in both school and in life.
Ask a Village School parent about “the Montessori way” and they’d likely tell you about how happy their child is and how they can’t wait to go to school each day.
“We love the way the school educates the whole child and the level of sensitivity and respect that is shown to all. We are so very thankful to be part of the community and could not recommend the school any more highly. I encourage all prospective families to check it out, regardless of whether you are familiar with or new to the wonderful Montessori curriculum!” - Village School Parent
The Montessori way is made for transitions like this.
When schools were closed across the state last March, some may have wondered how a method that values hands-on learning and physical materials would translate to a virtual environment. Village School families, however, were confident in knowing that Montessori is based on scientific research that says children learn best when they are able to be independent and discover concepts, rather than focusing on extrinsic rewards.
Without the pressure of grades or tests in their early education (Village School students begin them as practical life skills in middle school), students are free to take risks and be open to learning in new ways.
Montessori children readily adapt to new scenarios because their education is based on self-direction in an environment that encourages and supports active engagement in learning. Morning meetings allow students to bring up issues and make suggestions. Students want to know the hows and whys when new topics are presented, and are partners with teachers when deep-diving into a subject, not for extra credit, but simply because they want to know more. A strong conflict-resolution curriculum and programs like Model UN encourage children to think critically and develop unique solutions to real world problems.
From toddler through middle school, one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to education at The Village School. Teachers follow the child by providing individual curriculums that are “just right” for each and every student. We know that being encouraged to learn what you love leads to a love of learning. With growing confidence, students share their expertise and readily collaborate with others. Working together, Village School students are leading the way to the future. After all, intrinsic motivation and discovery-based learning is “the Montessori way.”
“As we navigate through this crazy year and we overcome together every challenge this pandemic has presented us with, I am grateful for being part of The Village School family.” -- Village School parent
Where many saw obstacles, The Village School found opportunities.