Curriculum Overview

 

TMES/TMMS follows the Montessori method and philosophy of education. This method is child centered, and an individualized way of assisting children to develop their individual abilities and potentials. This method was possibly the first that was founded on the concept of educating the “whole child.” The method provides social, emotional, and physical, as well as cognitive development. Montessori children are often described as self-directed, courteous, and joyful with a love for learning.

We employ state certified teachers trained in the Montessori method. Our professional staff is dedicated to providing a warm, loving, academically enriched environment that fosters the development and growth of happy well-adjusted children.

 

School Philosophy

In our school, we emphasize the child's growth and development as a total person. This implies a constant awareness that each child is developing physically, emotionally and socially, as well as intellectually. This awareness allows children to take the lead in the learning process based on the unique needs of each child's particular stage of development.

Montessori teachers are trained to recognize and respond to these stages of development. This implies the structuring of both curriculum content and classroom environment so as to enhance the child's discovery of the world. The curriculum is sequenced to expose children to all subject areas, firing imagination and providing skills to enable children to pursue all interest areas.

The curriculum is designed to respond to the child's mental appetite, providing freedom to choose and emphasize creativity, imagination and active involvement in learning. For this to occur, children must acquire the necessary basic skills, as these are the tools essential to continued development. Teachers function as a facilitator and consultant who stimulate the child's interests and curiosity within a prepared environment.

The classroom is structured to stimulate the child's enthusiasm for new ideas and new skills , and to provide them with the opportunity to use these new skills and to apply their new ideas. The Montessori material is the key: It is the child who opens the door. The materials do not give all the answers, but awaken interest and give the possibility of finding solutions.

 

School Objectives

The learning materials in a Montessori school have been designed to provide a wide variety of learning experiences geared to the developmental needs of children. The activities involve handling and manipulating materials. This work has proven intensely fascinating and absorbing for children. When engaged in well-structured tasks, the students experience a deep inner satisfaction, which leaves them with an overall positive attitude toward learning and school. Our objectives include:

  • Assisting parents in the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of their child.
  • Helping the child develop a positive attitude toward school.
  • Fostering in the child curiosity, imagination, and creative intelligence.
  • Helping each child develop self-confidence as an independent learner.
  • Helping the child develop socially.
  • Fostering inner security and a sense of order in the child.
  • Assisting each child in building a habit of concentration.
  • Sharpening the child's ability to discriminate and judge.
  • Developing habits of initiative and persistence.