|Montessori at Bay Farm||Links|
|Bay Farm Montessori Academy is affiliated
with the American Montessori Society,
|About Maria Montessori|
|and offers programs with the following
characteristics of a Montessori school:
|Multicultural Education and Montessori|
- Mixed-age classrooms, where children learn from one another and learn to respect those more and less competent than themselves.
- Toddlers (1-3 years)
- Children’s House (3 years-Kindergarten)
- Elementary I (Grades 1-3)
- Elementary II (Grades 4-6)
- Middle School (Grades 7-8)
- Carefully prepared environments, rich in Montessori and other materials
- Encouragement of independence and fostering healthy social development
- Hands-on learning
- Respect for the child
- Teachers who share a common philosophy and have training in the method and the materials
- A devotion to a curriculum that fosters peace and respect for diversity.
The culture and curriculum at Bay Farm spring from a strong Montessori foundation. Classroom teachers are trained in Montessori methods and materials, and assistant teachers and specialists attend workshops to become imbued with the philosophy and practices. Staying abreast of educational developments and research, Bay Farm’s programs incorporate concepts such as a peace curriculum, Multiple Intelligences and current research on brain development, all of which are logical extensions of the Montessori curriculum.
The degree to which the arts are fully integrated into the curriculum is a unique feature of Bay Farm. Each child experiences art, music and drama–at a developmentally appropriate level–with specialists who offer students avenues of expression and technical skills that go beyond what is possible in the traditional classroom. The school is alive with music, art and drama; a wide variety of performances punctuate the seasons and fill the classrooms and the Great Room with evidence that children are natural artists, musicians and performers. In the inimitable Montessori way, the respect shown each child, and the respect each child shows for the work of the others, permeate the school.
Maria Montessori, the first female Doctor of Medicine in Italy, looked at the education of children in a revolutionary way. Working with handicapped and economically disadvantaged children in the slums of Rome, she created classrooms and educational practices that led to a level of academic success for her students that far exceeded expectations–and matched that of more fortunate children in traditional settings.
Rather than viewing children as recipients of the knowledge that adults could “teach” them, she viewed them as having an innate motivation to learn and a unique ability to develop their own capabilities. She created beautiful materials that children could manipulate to learn basic concepts, and devised a new way of teaching, one that respected the child’s pleasure in activity and desire for mastery.
Montessori’s work has led to the creation of schools around the world based on her ideas. With an environment prepared with care by adults, filled with well-designed materials to manipulate and investigate, and with the guidance of teachers who respect their drive for competence, Montessori schools today reflect the work of this innovative educator while providing an education for children who live in the twenty-first century.