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Pullman Community Montessori
115 NW State St, Rm 215
All students deserve the opportunity to have the education that works best for them. PCM’s K-9th grade education program is personalized to students’ needs and prepares them, through rigorous academics, a robust social emotional program, and career and life skill development, to ensure every student has the opportunity, skills, and mindset to be successful in college, career, and life.
The unique characteristics of the Montessori educational program provides an inclusive and academically rigorous environment where individual differences are accepted, peers give each other recognition and assistance, peer tutoring and collaboration are encouraged, and whole-child development is fostered. Montessori classrooms feature developmentally appropriate mixed-age groupings backed by years of research in a multitude of fields to create a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment to grow these skills.
The Montessori Method
The Montessori classroom is organized into specific areas: Practical Life, Art, Math, Cultural Studies, Science, Sensorial, and Language. During the child’s “Work” time, a child is free to roam the classroom and select their activity of interest. After selecting their activities, the child then finds a work space in which they explore the materials within the activity. After completing this activity, the child returns the materials back to the original space, to allow another child the opportunity to use. This work cycle emphasizes taking care of the child’s environment, as well as increasing the child’s concentration, as they work on the project as long as they desire. This entire process occurs under the watchful eye of the teacher, who helps invite children to learn new lessons according to their abilities.
Through this method, we strive to create lifelong learners by following each child’s interests to intrinsically motivate them to ask questions and explore the world around them.
“Play is the Work of the Child” Maria Montessori
The idea behind the Montessori Method is the empowerment of the child to learn according to their individual needs. Montessori teachers recognize the fact that each child learns at a different pace, and they encourage their students to explore the classroom and choose work that best fits their needs.
The Montessori classroom provides a wide variety of multi-age, multi-sensory activities that appeal to a child’s senses. These activities and materials hone the child’s skills and allows them to absorb information in an interactive fashion.
Within the Montessori classroom, a child is free to explore and learn within a carefully constructed environment, where they can learn how to interact with one another and the world around them.
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