© 2013 Washington Montessori Public Charter School
As a Montessori school, the classrooms are always busy with children purposefully moving about the room working and learning. Early lessons are taught with hands-on materials addressing the child's developmental need for information to be presented in a concrete manner. Later, as the students become older the materials follow their intellectual development and become more abstract. Lessons are given in small groups thus allowing the teacher to present the information at the skill level of the students and to ascertain each child's comprehension of the material presented.
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.
It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.
WMPCS is dedicated to maintaining the Montessori Method as the framework of our educational programs. We approach learning seeking to understand each person's uniqueness and guide her, individually and at her own pace, through the range of learning skills, so she fully realizes her potential.
We appreciate and respect the natural diversity of human beings, whether it be in learning style, interests, or definition of what makes a happy and successful life.
We do not teach religion, nor advocate any particular belief system. We do teach universal values and a positive outlook on life.
We offer a curriculum designed to prepare students for higher education.
Science: We teach students not only scientific facts, but the process, history, and nature of science.
Mathematics: Our approach will be Unified Math: integrating topics in arithmetic, geometry, pre-algebra, statistics, logic, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Whenever possible, we will help students grasp the underlying concepts of math through the use of concrete apparatus and through application of mathematics to real world tasks.
Economics: Our goal is for our students to both understand the principles of economic freedom and to feel comfortable with financial and business matters.
Geography: We seek to develop a global perspective and international understanding, teaching world geography (physical, cultural, political, and economic) at every level of the school.
History: Our approach to history begins with the telling of earth’s story from its beginning to the present. It continues with the story of life on the planet, the story of humans, the story of the development of language and, finally, the story of mathematics. Each of these five Great Lessons approaches its topic from a wholistic perspective. Each tells its respective story including scientific and social impacts of the events. Montessori saw the interconnectedness of all living and non-living things on the planet. The Great Lessons share the big picture story with plenty of opportunity for the student to investigate aspects on her own.
Anthropology and Mythology: Again, as part of our nature we teach students the basic elements of anthropology, addressing the question of what makes us human, the nature of culture, and how cultures have attempted to explain or illuminate the great questions of life through story, myth, and cultural archetypes.
Major World Religions: We believe that our students should be familiar with the traditions and basic beliefs of the world's major religions. While we do not teach religion, nor advocate any particular belief system, we encourage students to explore questions raised by religious teachers and develop the spiritual side of their lives.
Architecture: We believe that our students should understand the patterns of architecture found around us, how houses are constructed and designed, and develop an appreciation for the timeless beauty of well-designed spaces.
Civics and Law: We strongly believe that our students should understand how government works at the local, state, and federal levels, and the role that citizens can and should play in shaping consensus, advocating their point of view, and making informed decisions before they vote.
Language Arts and Literature: Our goal is to lead our students to read and write with facility, read voraciously, and write with enjoyment.
Research Skills: Rather than having students memorize facts mindlessly, we teach them to learn mindfully and become skillful in the process of doing investigations and research using the library, internet, public records, and primary and secondary source materials.
The Visual and Performing Arts: Our program places great emphasis on the Fine Arts, both through the contributions of Music and Art specialists and through classroom programs and experiences initiated by the teachers and the school to foster art and music appreciation and creative drama. The Suzuki method of violin is taught, as well as various other instruments and voice.
Physical Education, Health, and Athletics: We want our students to understand, appreciate, and adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, proper diet, intelligent choices regarding personal health, and stress reduction.
Peace Education: Human relations and conflict resolution skills, nonviolence, leadership training and cooperative teamwork skills, and communication skills are all important elements in nurturing our students. Peace Education is as vital an element of our curriculum as mathematics and science.
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