Montessori is a comprehensive, child-centered approach to education encompassing all aspects of child development.
Montessori education is student-led and self-paced. There is not a prescribed curriculum but rather an emphasis on active learning and discovery in a manner that meets the individual needs of each child.
The Montessori method capitalizes on children’s instincts to work and engage in purposeful activity to encourage learning. What and how children learn at each age group is determined by their stage of development.
For all age groups at MIR, you can expect
The prepared environment: Maria Montessori pioneered the concept of a learning environment designed specifically to facilitate independent learning in children. Each space offers developmentally appropriate materials and activities that promote learning.
AMI-trained teachers: Students are guided by caring teachers with deep expertise in child development and broad subject knowledge.
Montessori materials: The Montessori materials are designed to be beautiful, functional, and engaging and offer a concrete way for children to learn. Learning becomes more abstract for older students, with materials to assist learning as needed.
Physical education: All students participate in formal physical education with a P.E. teacher and P.E. activities with their class.
Applied and performing arts education: All classes provide age-appropriate music activities and instruction. Students ages 3 and older receive instruction in fine arts, music, and dramatic arts. This learning is integrated into Montessori education, not set aside as an “extracurricular.”
Cultural education: Students at all levels are exposed to the Spanish language and cultures. MIR's Spanish program emphasizes