Montessori is a method of education named after Dr. Maria Montessori. It is both a philosophy of child growth and development and a rationale for guiding such development. Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was the first woman in Italy to obtain the degree of Doctorate of Medicine. The Montessori Philosophy is based on a profound respect for each child as a unique human being. Our approach assumes that children are born intelligent, curious and creative, and are ripe to develop a sense of wonder and imagination. The goal is not to control, but to inspire our children to learn voluntarily. In its essence, Montessori is designed to teach children to think deeply, to think for themselves and to think about others. We believe that while learning the right answers will get a child past exams and eventually through school, learning to think for themselves will get a child through both school and life.
The formative period from birth to age six is the most crucial. During this time, the child is “constructing” his personality through “experiences on the environment” which should be scaled to his physical needs and responsive to his unique absorbent mentality. It was this unique mentality of the child that actually inspired Dr. Maria Montessori to devote her life to the study of childhood learning and made possible the development of her remarkable novel approach to education.
Montessori recognizes the importance of such elements as programmed in preparation, practice, imitation and repetition in the young child’s learning.
In addition to the Montessori curriculum, the private school provides classes in:
- Art - opens the child's imagination
- Science - helps develop reasoning/problem solving
- Foreign Language - Spanish everyday/every class
- Music - helps develop math skills
- Gardening - allows the child to experience
- Pottery - the beauty of nature
- Physical Education - helps to develop balance, strength,agility and group participation
The school also conducts a summer school/camp program during June, July and part of August. The school offers half day and full day programs that are available during the academic year and summer school/camp (year-round school).
Goals and Objectives
The main objective of the Montessori School at PGA National is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help children develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills, and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning.
The specific goals for the children who attend our School are:
1. To develop a positive attitude toward School and learning.
2. To develop a sense of high self-esteem.
3. To develop habits of concentration for lifelong study skills.
4. To develop habits of initiative and persistence.
5. To develop and foster an abiding curiosity
6. To develop inner discipline and a sense of order.
7. To develop sensory motor skills in order to sharpen the ability to discriminate and judge.
8. To develop socially acceptable behavior.
9. To acquire the basic skills necessary for a lifetime of learning
10. To help develop each child's innate, ultimate potential through high self-expectations.
The Role of the Teacher
The role of the teacher in the classroom is to show each child the proper way to work with the specially designed developmental materials. The child then teaches himself through his own repeated activity, observation and discovery. The teacher is always ready to support and encourage the child, while at the same time respecting the child’s need for independent functioning. The children are guided towards constructive activities according to their individual abilities thus fostering the unfolding of their unique potentialities and creative nature.
In 1998 our school was one of the first “Green School” in the Palm Beach County. For those of you who may not be familiar with the term “Green School”, it is a chemical-free, pesticide-free and herbicide-free environment. We decided to make this change for the benefit of our children and staff.
Over the years, medical research has proven the dangers of cleaning chemicals and especially pesticides to children’s’ health. Unhealthy fumes can irritate children’s eyes, nose and lungs. These same chemicals are also suspected of causing cancer. Scientists have linked such health problems as Asthma, Kawasaki Syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder to the use of chemicals.
The Role of the Parent
The parent is the most important teacher for the child. No one knows or cares for your child as you do. The School is an extension from home.
Montessori School at PGA National was established in 1990 to provide pre-school/school education for children 12 months to grade 3. We are certified by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services and are an affiliate of the International Montessori Society.
“WE ASPIRE TO SERVE THE SPIRIT OF THE CHILD”
Educating Children since 1990
Servicing Children 2 Months to Grade 3
Times: 7:30am - 6:00pm Daily
Year Round School
2 Months to Grade 3
". . . education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment."
- Maria Montesori
Science is an important part of our curriculum. Our School has a unique Science Lab dedicated to our Science Program. Throughout the year children will explore Outer Space, Dinosaurs, Ocean Life, and many other themes. The Students will feel like they’re at a Children’s Museum right in their own school.
“The objects surrounding the child should look solid and attractive to him and the ‘house of the child’ should be lovely and pleasant in all its particulars. It is almost possible to say that there is a mathematical relationship between the beauty of his surrounding and the activity of the child. He will make discoveries rather more voluntarily in a gracious setting than in an ugly one.”
- Maria Montesori