About The Blue Ridge Montessori School
The mission of The Blue Ridge Montessori School is to aid children in the task of self-construction in a nurturing environment. In the spirit of Dr. Maria Montessori, we promote peace, concentration, creative problem solving, order, and independence. Social, emotional and academic growth is encouraged in a developmentally appropriate learning environment. Respect for the child and all living things, is at the heart of all we do.
The Montessori Philosophy
We believe that the process of learning is an exciting journey. From birth to age six the child absorbs his/her environment like a sponge, and learns best by doing purposeful work. Three distinguishing features characterize the Montessori method:
A carefully prepared environment is provided, aesthetically pleasing and developmentally appropriate, calling to the young child’s need to be an independent individual.
The teachers’ role is that of guide to the child. They facilitate learning by designing and maintaining the environment, presenting new materials when the child shows readiness, observing and recording the child’s growth and development, encouraging and respecting each individual child. The teacher is the link between the school and the home and provides support to parents through communications, workshops and conferences.
The Montessori Method holds the highest degree of respect for the child. Within the prepared environment, children are presented with a variety of specially designed materials which address the particular stages of mental, physical and social development. These materials are multi-sensory and self-correcting. The child learns independently through repeated work with the Montessori materials. The Montessori Method is a response to a universal plea from children: “I want to learn, but let me do it myself.”
It is a method that possesses a certain order and allows children to proceed at their own speed, according to individual capacities, in a non-competitive atmosphere during the early years. Dr. Montessori said, “Never let a child risk failure, until he has a reasonable chance for success.” Through exposure to both physical and mental order, the child develops the inner discipline necessary for them to persist in their chosen tasks.”
In this philosophy, the Montessori method introduces children to the joy of learning, wherein they move themselves through their education with confidence.
“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed.” – Dr. Maria Montessori from The Absorbent Mind
Our Programs and Methods
Blue Ridge Montessori’s philosophy is based on the belief that education is more than just a search for intellectual skills. It is a preparation for life. It is our goal at Blue Ridge Montessori School to provide an environment that assists the children in every aspect of their development, intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. We accomplish this by helping each child grow in the following areas:
- Development of self-discipline
- Cohesiveness of mind and body
- Academic skills
- Problem solving
- Love of learning
- Respect for self and others
- Ability to control movement
- To refine the senses
- To think, to intend
- To feel and have emotions
We feel that it is a privilege to assist children in their most important work, the building of the person they will become.
At BRMS, we strive to accomplish these goals by:
- Preparation of the classrooms according to Montessori Method
- Providing a full range of curricula to meet the needs of every student
- Maintaining cleanliness and order in the environment
- Observing the children closely and using the basis of personal relationships with each child, and knowledge of child development to guide every child individually through the curriculum
- Encouraging independence, exploration, questioning, and resourcefulness
- Valuing each child as an individual
- Demonstrating, in all we do, appropriate behavior, a love of learning, and respect for ourselves, everyone, and everything
In this way, our program helps children become competent learners, thus encouraging independence and strong sense of responsibility. In addition, our curriculum helps children develop a strong foundation in language and math, and an in-depth study of physical and cultural geography, zoology, botany, physical science, history, music, and art. Children further learn practical life skills such as cooking, carpentry, and sewing. But more than this, they learn how to be contributing members of a social community.