The Montessori Method
One of the most important and difficult decisions a parent must make for their children is choosing the best school to provide child care. Lake Hills Montessori Tulsa will not only provide a place for your child to learn and grow, it will prepare your child for the next step in their lives.
Research studies show that Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally. They are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations.
What is Montessori education? For more than a century now, the child-focused approach that Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, developed for educating children has been transforming schools around the globe.
Upon entering the classroom, you’ll notice everything is designed with the child in mind – from the furniture to the fixtures to the artwork hung at their level. Montessori classrooms are immediately recognizable. You will see children working independently and in groups, with specifically designed learning materials that are intentionally placed throughout the room. Children will be deeply engaged in their work and respectful of themselves, others and their surroundings.
The Montessori Method fosters rigorous, self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development—cognitive, emotional, social, spiritual and physical.
At Lake Hills Montessori we focus on the preschool and kindergarten aged child. At this time, children display an inherent tendency towards discovery, cooperation, kindness, and nonviolence. It is our challenge to promote all of these characteristics to extend them into later childhood and adulthood.
Teachers are trained to challenge each child to fully reach their unique style of learning. Cleanliness and organization are our top priorities. Our classrooms are intentionally prepared to offer each child the opportunity for success and independence.
Current brain research suggests that classrooms that are stimulating and relaxed; intriguing and safe for exploration facilitate learning in children. Through manipulatives and tools for independence, children learn by doing. Through movement and touch, children explore, experience, and build storehouses of impressions about the physical world around them and move these learning experiences into abstract concepts.
Many exercises, especially at the early childhood level, are designed to draw a student’s attention to a specific sensory property of an object within their environment: size, shape, color, texture, weight, smell, sound, etc. Children begin to observe and appreciate their environment, which is key in helping them learn and become independent, successful and confident.
Our goal is to help children fall in love with the process of focusing their complete attention on something and mastering its challenge with enthusiasm. The environment of the Montessori class is a learning laboratory in which children are allowed to explore and experiment.