“The future of education was invented in 1906” according to Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry (Forbes Magazine, Jan. 22, 2014), the year that Maria Montessori opened her first classroom. He states that her pedagogy was “revolutionary”, and for the time, it was. It still is today!
Maria Montessori was a true visionary. She was one of the first female physicians in Italy, a scientist and educator. Dr. Montessori developed her educational philosophy based upon her observations of children. She aptly named her school “Casa de Bambini” (Children’s House) and created a learning environment that was based entirely upon the developmental needs of the child. She innovated a specially-designed classroom which was the first to include child-sized furniture and classroom materials placed at the eye-level of a child. She had great respect for the capacity of the young child’s mind and created an environment in which children could freely explore and quench their curiosity. Today this concept is referred to as “child-centered”.
Traditional models of education place the teacher at the center of the classroom. At ASM, the focus of our classrooms is the child and learning is individualized. Students take responsibility for their learning, become independent, and are creative in their work. Our students are encouraged to follow their interests, a key indicator in students’ enjoying school and becoming life-long learners. ASM’s educational model spans grades pre-k to eight and our classrooms combine children of multiple ages; therefore we see leadership and mentoring skills develop in our students as they progress through their educational continuum.
Our Montessori environment is intentionally peaceful and provides children with opportunities to practice skills that will help them navigate social situations with grace. Our students can be heard encouraging their peers and offering to lend a helping hand. Your children will be greeted each day with a handshake from the head of school and their teachers, because each individual child is important to us! Perhaps most significant, we see our children as so much more than students and are committed to helping them grow as respectful and well-balanced individuals who learn to see the world beyond themselves.