We are proud to present a curriculum that is rich in academics, while also providing your child with the social graces needed in everyday life. Our commitment to you and your child is to provide a program that will expand and nurture your child's emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth.
English Oaks Montessori Christian Academy classrooms have been designed to exceed the needs of the young child while promoting the Montessori philosophy and blending in American culture. The rooms are furnished with stimulating materials that encourage the child's growth through independence and self sufficiency. Learning materials are placed at each child's level, allowing individual choices to be made, while stimulating the child's natural quest to become independent in daily routines and enjoyable academic activities.
The very young child is in the process of forming his first impressions of his own nature and ability; of other people; and of life in general- impressions that can last a lifetime. To reach the highest potential possible, the child must develop a healthy self concept; wholesome attitudes and values; desirable skills and habits; independence and self-reliance; the ability to adjust and to think reflectively; as well as a sensitivity in human relationships and a curiosity and appreciation of nature and the world that surrounds him.
Our Montessori school provides a precisely prepared Montessori environment which fosters satisfaction in learning by discovery and a joy in achievement. The climate and selected activities are prepared to interest and motivate the child and to protect him from unnecessary failure. The Montessori materials develop basic problem solving and observational techniques. The child begins in the concrete and manipulative materials and gradually works toward the abstract. Montessori's recognition of the importance of a stimulating environment, as a means of "freeing the child's potential", is now supported by a multitude of studies in early learning. The classroom is equipped with specially designed and sequenced materials which Dr. Montessori devised. These materials, together with highly trained teachers, provide a classroom where the child is stimulated and challenged, but never pressured. In such a climate the child learns to feel good about himself. His right to dignity and worth are protected.
The role of the Montessori Directress differs considerably from that of a traditional teacher. She observes and assists the child according to the child's individual needs and interests. She is trained to recognize periods of readiness and to demonstrate the correct use of the material to the children. She reinforces in a positive manner. At times, she may encourage a hesitant child. At other times, she may divert a child who chooses material beyond his ability. She protects the child's integrity and allows the child to have the freedom of choice to make decisions. The child's decisions are expected to reflect a sense of responsibility. He is helped by the teacherswho is consistent, yet patient and gentle.
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