The Montessori Method
Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman physician in Italy, revolutionized education in the early part of the 20th century. Her influence continues to this day all over the world and is the guiding star of Albrook’s philosophy.
Dr. Montessori’s observation of children led to the Montessori method of education, which nurtures the development of the whole child. This includes the child’s social, intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual needs as an individual. The Albrook School accomplishes these goals in a loving, family atmosphere.
A Montessori Education
The Albrook School is truly a “House for Children.” Our approach to education goes beyond academics. We model respect and love to every child in our house. In turn, we welcome and expect our Montessori parents to become part of their child’s experience at Albrook. The interrelationship between home and school provides the foundation for present and future relations and accomplishments.
Albrook’s teachers touch the children’s imagination and kindle in them a sense of the limitless possibilities in their world. By truly believing in each child’s potential, the teacher instills great confidence and positive attitudes towards life-long learning.
At Albrook, we want our children to grow into independent problem solvers and caring, responsible citizens. The teacher prepares the environment to a high degree of perfection with a series of sequential, manipulative and sensorial materials that ultimately bridge the gap between concrete and abstract learning. The teacher is a link between these materials and the child. With a great understanding of human development, the teacher observes each child, reflects upon his/her observations and individualizes the curriculum. Thus, the environment becomes a nourishing place for each child.
The Albrook School Curriculum includes:
- cultural enrichment including foreign languages and geography
- an integrated approach to language
- a firm mathematical foundation developed through the use of didactic material
- the development of the child’s natural tendency to seek explanations through scientific experiments and observations
- a peace curriculum
Albrook’s philosophy is designed to cultivate respect, responsibility, independence and tolerance for others.