The Best of Both Worlds
Every classroom at Emerson Academy is a loving community in which all students – not just teachers – are respected as individuals who are directors of their own learning and influencers of the learning of others. This is most evident in the Montessori classroom, where the multi-age nature of the classroom allows younger children to learn from older children, and older children to demonstrate their mastery of a subject by teaching it to others.
Similarly, you won’t find our teachers standing at the front of the class as a whole, lecturing; rather, students work independently or in small groups, moving freely amongst various hands-on learning stations, with teachers guiding the children through their science, culture, mathematics, language and other lessons.
The Montessori curriculum is specially designed to support optimum learning. Contrary to a traditional teaching approach where various subjects are compartmentalized and lessons have a distinct beginning and end, usually based on set time periods, the Montessori curriculum is far more integrated, and therefore far more interesting and in depth. Opportunities are created to allow children’s learning of various subjects and skills to overlap and reinforce each other. For example, a student may explore the history of ancient Egypt, the writing system of hieroglyphs, and the mathematical concepts of pyramids. By thoroughly immersing oneself in a subject of interest, students flourish academically and develop an appreciation for the value of information gathering and deeper understanding.
Learn more about giving your child Real World Preparation with a Montessori Education.