"Island Village Montessori School and our associated programs are designed to provide a child-centered, community-oriented education, rooted in the scientific teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. Although our preschools are funded by private tuition, we work hard to keep our tuition among the lowest for area Montessori schools.
Since the Fall of 2006, IVMS early childhood programs have participated in the Voluntary Pre-K for four year-olds, a State program that provides a tuition scholarship per child. There is no tuition for our elementary and middle school programs. All age- appropriate children of Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto, and Charlotte County residents are eligible to attend.
Our academic programs offer a uniquely prepared, individualized educational environment that emphasize the intellectual and humanitarian development of students who are self-disciplined, cooperative, responsible, and creative thinkers of the community as well as the world.
All IVMS classrooms are multi-age, which creates a community setting within the classroom. Older children mentor younger and younger children rely on and learn from older students as well as the adults in the classroom. This independence fosters a sense of self-reliance necessary for success in the adult world.
The School's pedagogical philosophy is based on the premise that excellence in education requires an extraordinary commitment on the part of the family, school, and community members. The central focus of this compact is the belief that families are ultimately responsible for their child's growth and development. Families are asked to give at least 20 hours of volunteer time per school year. There are many ways to volunteer at our school, especially if it is difficult to get a day off from work. Research shows that children do better in school the more the family gets involved.
Montessori teachers are trained to keenly observe, diagnose, and facilitate an individual education plan for each learner that is cooperatively developed by both teacher and child. The Montessori curriculum is a developmentally appropriate, experiential learning system that facilitates a sense of mastery and accomplishment.
Excerpted from the preschool's website
"It is 7:45 in the morning. The rooster next door has already greeted the day a few hours before. Early care begins. Children are dropped off near the elementary playground. Regular day teachers arrive by 8:00 and ready the classrooms for the children. At 8:15 the classrooms open. The children leave the playground and go to their homerooms. Early care preschoolers are escorted to classrooms by their teachers.
At 8:30 school officially begins. In some of the classrooms, students and teachers sit together to plan their day. In others, the children begin working from their work plans. Some children are having a lesson on the big bang, others work in small groups on a research project about Europe. A teacher takes a group out on a nature hike, searching for specimens for their botany research. Others move into the media center to work on computers or make copies for their presentations on an American president.
Another teacher guides some children who have multiplication on their work plans over to the math shelves. Together they decide what material would be the best choice. One student chooses the stamp game
and the others ask for a multiplication lesson with the checkerboard. Over in the library area, students are
reading and composing stories. Others concentrate on grammar with the Grammar Symbols and Sentence Analysis boxes. Two children work together spelling out words with the Moveable Alphabet, then copy the words
into their notebooks. There are children, two at a time, having snack on the front deck. Many work on rugs with
math materials such as:
Test Tube Division,
the Golden Mat,
the Geometric Stick Box,
the Squaring and Cubing Chains,
the Binomial and Trinomial Cubes.
Some learn subtraction with the Negative Snake Game.
Others tackle multiplication facts with the Pythagoras
Board. One boy busily composes numbers
from the Hundred Board.
One child works on initial sounds and an older child, sitting along side, helps her sort through the "b" and "d" cards. Another child helps his partner review the names of the Geometric Solids. Two children sit across the table testing each other on spelling words.
At the end of the morning children are invited to lessons in Spanish, art, music and computers. A child reads aloud
to a volunteer parent. Another volunteer works
with Sandpaper Letters, inviting children to practice
their sounds, tracing the rough surface of each letter as a
preparation for writing. At 11:30 lunch and recess begin
for the K/1 classes. At 12:30 it is time for the older students to break for lunch and a more structured physical education time. Games are played such as croquet, soccer, and kickball. One day they run a 50-yard dash. Another day, the children participate in a cooperative game that teaches teamwork.
When the students return to class, it is time for silent reading. Everyone reads, including the teachers. After a time of silence and calm, a teacher calls them back to work or to afternoon specials. For the afternoon work time, the work plans are put away and the children work entirely from their interests and inspirations. It is still school and learning, it just doesn't feel that way.
Suddenly, it is 2:45. Work is put away. Some students
help restore order to the classroom. Jobs rotate so that each studentin the class has the responsibility at least once before the end of the year. One child dusts the shelves. Another straightens the
library books. Other children rearrange the materials on the shelves. The others sit quietly and read until
their classmates are done. The regular school day
is done at 3:15. For those who remain, we have an After School Program.
It's been a full day for the students at Island Village Montessori School. As they leave for home the children say goodbye to friends and teachers. It's been a fun day of lessons and activities. Now it's time to go home and be with family.
By 5:30 everyone has left for the day.
Excerpted from the elementary school's website