Located on Grumman Hill, the Montessori School offers educational programs for children from toddlers to sixth grade.…More 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:firstname.lastname@example.org">Info@TheMontessoriSchool.com</a>.</p>
Wilton Public Schools Board of Education 395 Danbury Rd, Wilton, CT06897 The Board of Education is the body responsible for voting on the policies that govern the schools in the town's…More district. It consists of six members who are elected to serve four-year terms. The office is attached to the Wilton High School. The Board welcomes all letters and emails but cautions senders that all written communications belong to public record.
Advocate with Faith 379 Danbury Rd, Wilton, CT06897 Advocate with Faith is an organization which offers advocacy services for parents of children with special needs in the…More Wilton area. Advocacy services offered include parent education, review of documents such as report cards, state testing and assessments, special education consultations by phone or email, S.M.A.R.T. IEP Reviews and letter drafting on behalf of parents. The programs and workshops offered are intended to ensure that these children are provided the necessary services and support they require both in and out of school.
The Apple Blossom School & Family Center is a Wilton educational institution that follows the Waldorf…More educational philosophy founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919.</p>
<p>Waldorf education, which gets its name from the first Waldorf school (founded in 1919 to serve the children of employees at the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory in Stuttgart, Germany), is interdisciplinary, integrating artistic, conceptual and practical elements. The Waldorf approach emphasizes a balance between the analytic and creative components of the imagination and is partially based on the premise that each child has a unique destiny. The ultimate goal of this educational philosophy is to provide children with the basic skills they will need to fulfill that destiny, and thus become independent, moral and integrated individuals.</p>
<p>As a Waldorf school, Apple Blossom nurtures the imagination through play, artistic activities and language development with song, puppetry and storytelling. The school offers parent/infant, parent/toddler, nursery and kindergarten programs for children 8 weeks to 6 years of age.</p>