Science, Engineering, and Math
Students at all ages, even Toddlers, learn and practice the concepts of science, engineering, and math. Maria Montessori ingeniously built learning materials and activities that introduce complex mathematical, engineering, and scientific thinking at the very earliest ages. Toddlers work with fractions, preschoolers work on algebraic thinking, Elementary students apply mathematics to engineering. All students are introduced early to observation and the scientific method.
In a Montessori classroom, these lessons don't look like they do in a conventional school. Hands-on materials are an essential to the learning, rather than abstract problems in a workbook or textbook. We encourage parents to talk with their student's teachers and attend Parent Education Nights to learn more about these curricular activities.
Technology - Computer Instruction
Once the student has mastered basic research skills, usually around third grade, computers are introduced as a valuable tool for work and research. All Lower Elementary classrooms are equipped with iPads, and Upper Elementary classrooms are equipped with Chromebooks for the students. Students with specific learning challenges use computers at an earlier age when it is determined necessary to support their learning. Computer-use guidelines are in place and use is carefully monitored. Montessori education, and MIR, approach technology according to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Parents with special skills in the STEM areas are absolutely welcome and encouraged to share their talents with the students through class presentations and by leading lessons.