|About Our School
Montessori School integrates contemporary learning resources
and methods with a Montessori interactive classroom environment.
Each student works through a carefully defined and developed
curriculum at his or her own pace. Students are never hurried
into experiences too advanced for them, nor are they restrained
when they are ready to advance. Evidence of each child's progress
is observed and recorded by the teacher. This information assists
the teacher in deciding which activities the student should
be introduced to next. Students do not receive numerical grades
or letter grades on their report card; a comprehensive progress
report provides parents a wealth of information about their
child's successes and accomplishments.
In the Montessori environment, younger students
may requite assistance, while older children earn respect and
self esteem as sources ofhe1p and leadership. As a result, cooperative
social behaviors increase in mixed age groups, while discipline
problems usually decrease.
Younger students, because of their association
with their older peers, have opportunities to join in more complex
play and learning activities than perhaps they could initiate
themselves. Simultaneously, older students may improve their
social skills by interacting with and providing leadership to
younger classmates. All the children in the multi-age Montessori
classroom are afforded the chance to learn from each other as
well as from the teacher.
Students are exposed to a rich variety of hands-on
learning experiences in reading, writing, math, science, art,
social studies, foreign languages, and music. Students work
alone and in small and large groups. The teacher is their guide,
interacting with, helping, advising, and assisting each student
Parents are each child's first and most important teacher. Accordingly,
parents and teachers work together to create a climate of success
for their child in the Montessori program. Parents are encouraged
to share special talents and are invited to become part of daily
classroom life in this special program.
Children, like adults, need acceptance, respect,
and understanding. In the Montessori learning environment, each
student develops a positive self concept and gains confidence
as he or she learns to work alone and in cooperation with others.
Children of all abilities and talents, without
regard to race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin are
eligible for enrollment at Hickory Montessori School. Any child
ages 3 months - 6 years is eligible for our program. New children
will enter the school for a one month trial period, after which
the child's progress is evaluated.