In the Children’s Houses, our programs are based on the philosophy that young children flourish with gentle guidance and the opportunity to work at their own pace.
Dr. Montessori recognized that children have sensitive periods during which certain and critical information for intellectual development is literally “absorbed” by them while growing. This is the time to fill their experiences with rich language and tactile lessons.
There are five distinct areas that allow the children to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually while developing character as well as academic interests.
The Young Children’s Community encourages Montessori education at a very early stage in the child’s development. Our nurturing setting is perfect to establish the foundation for unlocking children’s minds to the world around them. These little ones normally move about calmly and purposefully, caring for their environment and working on lessons.
Montessori Infant-Toddler programs, after which our Young Children’s community is designed, are internationally acclaimed and are designed to address the individual child’s gregarious nature and meet developmental needs for language acquisition, exploration, order, movement, concentration, repetition, productive work, perfection and control of error, imitation, independence, and self-control.
Our elementary program not only inspires academic excellence but also encourages each child’s curiosity, creativity and imagination. Students learn to think for themselves as they answer questions that challenge them on their own or in a group. They are trained to do research, analyze what they have found, and come to conclusions based on what they discover.
The core curriculum provides instruction in all traditional subjects: reading, writing, language studies, math, geometry, science, history, geography, Spanish, music, art, drama, physical education, environmental studies, and computers. The children are also encouraged to care for their environment and practice their practical life skills. “Going out” into their environment is a regular part of their experience.
Our middle school is a special place and one that is unique in Flagstaff. The entire program was fashioned as the first of its kind for young adults at this stage of their development.
Until recently, the educational model for children this age was either an accelerated elementary program or a “junior” high school program. Dr. Elizabeth Coe, a noted developmental psychologist and past president of the American Montessori Society, using years of research conducted at the Adolescent Center of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, developed a completely new educational model based on the specific physiological, psychological, and academic needs of this age group. The model is based on a fundamental principle: the key to development is freedom with responsibility and respect.