We love RMS!
Our son is finishing up his second year here and will be returning for his third next fall. Redeemer Montessori does a great job of keeping the Montessori traditions without compromise. They have a wonderful Montessori based Christian education program the parents can enroll their child in which allows the child to decide how to interpret their own faith. They also provide yoga and music classes. The children are taught to respect their learning – they choose a ‘work’, not a toy. They are taught to respect glass and liquids from a young age and are able to develop a pride in self-accomplishment.—Submitted by a parent, May 8, 2010
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The basic areas of experience in a preprimary classroom are practical life, sensorial, math, language and cultural. Children work at their own pace with self-correcting materials. These didactic materials progress incrementally in difficulty, move from the concrete to the abstract and function as additional teachers in the classroom.
The children choose, with guidance which works they will do. This “freedom within limits” fosters independence and responsibility. Respect for self, others and the environment is a guiding principle in the Montessori environment. Social development is encouraged by allowing children to interact spontaneously while respecting the rights of others.
In the multi-aged classroom the young child looks to the older child for guidance, both socially and in the academic arena, which in turn gives the older child a high level of self-esteem and a sense of responsibility.
The elementary class is a community of learners grouped into the lower elementary, ages six to nine years, and the upper elementary ages nine to twelve. Children build on their preprimary foundation moving toward abstract reasoning, developing a moral sense, and striving enthusiastically to learn about the natural and social world.The Montessori elementary curriculum provides unlimited opportunities for exploration of interdependent study areas, including mathematics, geometry, grammar, reading, history, geography, earth science, zoology, botany, art, science and music. The schedule is designed with large blocks of uninterrupted time to allow for interdisciplinary connections of knowledge.
Elementary students are not only oriented toward intellectual investigation and discovery but also toward the building of community. Through constructive group activities, students learn to solve conflicts peacefully and gain valuable interpersonal skills. Self-actualization blossoms and understanding deepens as students are afforded the opportunity to learn in a multi-aged grouping.
Students take several field trips to enhance classroom learning. Community service work is encouraged as children become aware of how to be contributing citizens of the world.