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The Montessori School

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<p>Located on Grumman Hill, the Montessori School offers educational programs for children from toddlers to sixth grade. The school's mission statement, to raise "passionate and compassionate citizens of the globe," is accompanied by the slogan "Culture of Gratitude," and both are indicative of the school's emphasis on education as an exercise in philosophy and self-reflection.<br /> <br />The Montessori School was founded in 1964 and merged with the Norwalk Day Nursery in 1979. Under the administration of school director Mary Zeman, the Montessori School (which is closely associated with the Montessori Middle School in Norwalk) follows a curriculum designed around the Montessori Method of education founded by educator and philosopher Maria Montessori. The Montessori Method, considered an "alternative" educational practice, is characterized by emphasizing "self-directed" activity on the part of the child, while the teacher's primary responsibility is clinical observation. This allows the teacher to better adapt the child’s learning environment to his or her development level. The idea is that the child learns with as much independence as possible, while the teacher acts as a guide for the child's educational development, rather than as a source of facts.<br /><br />An important aspect of this method is a child's physical activity, which enables the child to absorb abstract concepts and learn practical skills. This philosophy of juxtaposing the abstract and the practical is reflected in the curriculum; reading, for example, is taught via both phonics and the "whole language" system advocated by Chomsky and Goodman.</p>
<p>Originally designing her method for disabled children, Maria Montessori later advocated her educational methods for all children, advising teachers to provide students with "sensorial materials" (materials designed to appeal to the senses) that would encourage children to seek out their own ways to educate themselves; the method is based on the premise that children will instinctively pursue the skills they will later need in adulthood.<br /> <br />The Montessori School is located at 34 Whipple Rd. in Wilton, and can be contacted at 203-834-0440 or <a href="mailto:info@themontessorischool.com">Info@TheMontessoriSchool.com</a>.</p>
34 Whipple Rd, Wilton, CT 06897
(203) 834-0440
  • Fax: 925-901-0244
  • Hours: By appointment only.
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