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A Montessori approach to education offers children opportunities to develop their potential so that they grow to be competent, responsible and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is a life-long aspiration.
Each program focuses on development in multiple stages at the comfort of the child, with subjects including language, math, sensorial and practical life lessons, as well as additional instruction on geography, cultures from around the world, physical science, and life science. We also include weekly activities which feature movement, music, foreign language and art! All combined, the curriculum of the Suzuki School is also dedicated to the development of social skills through an incredible concept called the “peace curriculum.”
At the Suzuki School, the success of the child comes through:
- A prepared classroom environment offers children opportunities to learn throughout the day
- A Montessori curriculum specifically designed for each age group
- Accessible and varied Montessori classroom materials
- Trained Montessori Infant-toddler teachers
- Valuing the Six Montessori Principles (see below)
What is the peace curriculum? Want to see it for yourself? Schedule a tour and come see Suzuki today!
What are the Six Montessori Principles?
Respect for the child is the cornerstone on which all other Montessori principles rest. We treat children with all the kindness with which we hope they will show for others. Teachers show respect for children by guiding them and facilitating their developing abilities to be independent self-learners. When children are respected and given choices, they learn to see themselves as capable partners in the task of becoming an autonomous learner.
The Absorbent Mind: Dr. Montessori referred to the period from birth to six years of age “The Absorbent Mind” because at this particular age children largely educate themselves by absorbing knowledge, developing vocabulary, and learning various skills. What children learn during this period depends greatly on their teachers, experiences, and environments. After around six years of age, children start learning by using reasoning abilities.
The Sensitive Periods: Montessori observed that there are sensitive periods in a child’s life when she/he is susceptible to certain behaviors and therefore, is able to learn specific skills more easily. Although all children experience the same sensitive periods, such as a sensitive period for order, for language, for reading, or for writing, the timing varies for each child.
Learning through their senses: Dr. Montessori was one of the first educators to observe what modern neuroscience now affirms: young children learn through their senses and these senses are more highly attuned to detail than that of an adult. With this in mind, Dr. Montessori created a series of sensory learning materials that form the core of all Montessori classrooms. Each set of materials isolates a single sensory experience, and are fun and inviting to the students.
The Prepared Environment: Montessori insists that children work in tandem with their teachers to create a space in which learning materials and experiences are available in an orderly format. It is the prepared environment that holds the key to the child’s independence, concentration, and normalized behavior. Normalized behavior results when a child is given the ability over time to profoundly shift their “fundamental being” from inattentive and disordered to focused, calm and peaceful.
Self education: Children who are actively involved in a prepared environment, with a teacher who guides rather than drills, and who exercise freedom of choice quite literally educate themselves.
Suzuki stands by its parents, and we are dedicated to the education of your child. So what happens after?