I have been teaching at Nampa Montessori for 5 years now and have loved every minute of it! I am a Montessori certified guide for the primary level (ages 3-6). I discovered the Montessori Method nearly a decade ago, as I sought to advocate for the educational needs of my own four children, one of whom is dyslexic and two of whom are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. I love finding unique ways to engage each unique child with learning! Besides teaching, I enjoy traveling with my kids and my husband. I love being outdoors, especially in my garden or in the water, either swimming or paddle-boarding.
This is Ms. Sophia's first year teaching at Nampa Montessori. She graduated from Idaho Arts Charter in 2021.
This is Ms. Jasmine's first year teaching at Nampa Montessori. She graduated from Idaho Arts Charter in 2021.
The Montessori Method
The Montessori Method was designed to promote the understanding of children and their needs. Children discover in their own way and in their own time. The most important contribution that Montessori makes is in the development of our children’s attitudes and approaches to learning.
The four major elements of the method are:
Individualized education – Dr. Montessori realized that all children are different and should not be held to the pace or interest of others.
Prepared environment conducive to self-discovery – The child is free to move about the classroom at will, to talk to other children, to work with any material whose purpose he/she understand, or to ask the teacher to introduce the new material to him/her. He/she is not free to disturb other children at work or to abuse the material that is so important to his/her development.
Self-teaching / self-correcting materials – Montessori materials introduce abstract concepts in a concrete “hands on” way. There are six main areas of the Montessori classroom: practical life; sensorial; language; math; sciences and geography.
A Directress (teacher) trained in the Montessori philosophy and methods; the directress prepares the environment, perceives the child’s needs and facilitates the child’s growth in learning. The Directress is the child’s advocate and has respect for the child’s entire being.
The Montessori Environment
A Montessori environment differentiates from the traditional classroom in more ways than just the structure. The materials are arranged in low shelves and the child is free to choose the activities that interest them. The emphasis is on manipulative activities. The learning materials in the environment are referred to as “works”.
Built into most of the Montessori materials is a control of error. The “teacher” is called as a Directress as she does indeed direct activities. The Directress prepares the environment. She is not the center of activity, the children interacting with the environment are. Dr. Montessori felt that the classroom should be a reflection of the real world. With this, she developed the concept of the “family group”. The family group is a balance of children ages three to six and the adults who guide them.
The Montessori environment seeks to increase understanding through:
Practical Life: Care of the self and environment with grace and courtesy.
Sensorial: Discrimination by the senses, sensory refinement.
Language: Writing, reading, self-expression and comprehension.
Mathematics: Quantification, computation, reasoning and problem-solving.
Science: Investigation and discovery
Geography: Where we are in space.