Montessori classes are learning laboratories in which children are allowed to explore, discover, and select their own work. This model recognizes the importance of student choice in creating engaging learning experiences and building independent learners. Students learn and understand the values of compassion, empathy, service, integrity, self-reliance and tolerance. They develop conﬁdence in their ability to ask questions, puzzle out the answer and learn at their own pace. The Montessori program at Grissom Elementary is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion across all lines of differences – a safe and caring place for all.
Montessori Classrooms Include:
Multiage groupings that foster peer learning;
Uninterrupted blocks of work time;
Freedom within limits;
Guided choice of work activity;
Specially designed Montessori learning materials;
An aesthetically pleasing classroom environment; and
An emphasis on cultivating leaders of the future who live with integrity and show gratitude, demonstrate persistence, excel, and respect and help others and the environment.
Montessori teachers are known as guides and serve as facilitators and guides who are responsible for ensuring that students work at their own level so they make the most efﬁcient and effective progress. Teachers create classrooms that feel like a "second family" and are positive and productive learning communities. We are educating innovators, entrepreneurs, artists, scientist, engineers, teachers, and humanitarians.
Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative work. In Montessori classrooms, children make choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process. Children work in groups and individually to discover and explore knowledge of the world and to develop their maximum potential. Students use materials created by Maria Montessori and classroom teachers.
The Montessori program at Grissom will follow the Montessori philosophy and method of education. The Montessori program is a fully inclusive curriculum and will cover all areas of learning. Each classroom will have a full line of specific Montessori materials that teach all objectives in the curriculum. Teachers in Montessori classrooms undergo a rigorous training program and are the key to the success of a Montessori classroom.