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Montessori Curriculum

MIR offers a Montessori education based on the principles and practices of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the organization founded by Dr. Montessori to continue her work. We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States.

Read Academic Life to learn about the differences between a Montessori and conventional education.

MIR does not provide a single curriculum to every child. We offer customized, self-directed learning for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary children.

The teacher and your child work together to decide what their focus of learning will be each day. The teacher carefully observes your child and guides them toward appropriately challenging work based on their individual needs and interests.

In addition to academic work, MIR gives equal weight to the cognitive and social/emotional skills your child will need to be successful as adults.

Social/Emotional Growth

Montessori education emphasizes self-discipline and intrinsic motivation to learn. Social and emotional learning is reported on MIR’s progress reports through the entire spectrum along with physical and academic. Children who need extra support in these areas benefit from working with our on-site Student Services team in group and individual settings.

Social and emotional growth is the most important factor in determining when a child is ready to move to the next academic program at MIR. A child may be 6 or 9 but not yet capable of being in a Lower or Upper Elementary environment.

In our experience over 40+ years, children who are moved too early struggle significantly socially. This impacts the quality of their lives and the quality of their academics. For this reason, children “move up” when they have the appropriate level of maturity for the next level.

Executive Functioning

Children leave Montessori schools with a high degree of executive functioning skills. MIR students who need assistance outside the classroom with developing these skills benefit from working with our on-site Student Services team.

This video from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child discusses the importance of executive functioning skills. Many of the classrooms featured in the video are Montessori classrooms.

 

A Montessori education cannot be conveyed by words, photos, and videos alone. You are invited to visit our school and see our campus, classrooms, and students at work.

Academic Life

Children are not “one size fits all.” Their school shouldn’t be, either.

Dr. Maria Montessori dedicated her entire life to studying how children learn. A Montessori education is based on

  • scientifically validated principles of child development,
  • refined by 100 years of putting those principals into practice,
  • in specialized environments developed specifically for the children served.

An education at MIR is an investment in your child’s best potential.

MIR follows the principals and practices of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the organization founded by Dr. Montessori to continue her work. Characteristics of an authentic AMI Montessori program include:

  • Rigorously trained teachers who are thoroughly versed in child development and teach accordingly.
  • Prepared environment designed specifically for the developmental stage of the child.
  • Mixed-age groups in which younger children learn from older children, and older children learn leadership and responsibility as mentors to the younger.
  • Freedom to choose work with appropriate guidance from the teachers. In a Montessori classroom, children actively participate in deciding what their focus of learning will be each day.
  • Uninterrupted work periods of 2-3 hours to allow children to focus on their learning.
  • Customized learning at the individual and group level, based on the developmental stage of the child.

“We seek to sow life in the child rather than theories, to help him in his growth, mental and emotional as well as physical, and for that we must offer grand and lofty ideas to the human mind…”—Maria Montessori