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Geiger Montessori School

What is Montessori?

 Quick Facts about Montessori Classrooms

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  • Multi-age classes (ideally a three year mix)

    • Levels

      • Children's House: three and four year olds, as well as Kindergarteners

      • Lower Elementary House: 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders

      • Upper Elementary House: 4th and 5th graders (ideally, this would include 6th graders too)

    • Stay with the same teacher for the entire three year span, whenever possible

    • Each year provides the student with a different developmental task (observe, engage, lead)

    • Enhance culture of community, caring and respect

  • Extended, uninterrupted work periods, ideally three hours long, allowing for increase in concentration, stamina and depth of work

  • Classrooms are divided into several "areas", with work placed on shelves from left to right, moving from most concrete to most abstract:

  • Students are free to move about the room, choose a place to sit, work, etc. They are coached on how to make good choices that will support optimal learning, so they can grow into independent, self-sufficient learners.

  • In addition to state teacher certification expectations, teachers must be trainer in Montessori, a rigorous, lengthy training program