275 East Gates Street
Romeo, MI 48065
"Our programs are based on the philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), world famous educator, physician, and scientist who developed a method of education through research and experiences in Italy at the turn of the century. Many of the reforms, now taken for granted or newly adopted in the public schools in the United States, have been in place for almost 100 years in Montessori schools around the world.
Montessori discovered that individual children would progress at their own pace if placed in an enriched environment that nurtured human development. The school environment is thoughtfully created by the teachers in order to allow the child to follow his/her interests and to develop skills and concepts using concrete manipulative materials created by Dr. Montessori. As the child masters the skills and concepts the materials become more abstract.
Teachers give lessons on all the exercises available and carefully sequence the presentations so that every experience builds on the foundation of the previous one. All lessons are given with learning materials suited to the child's interests and developmental levels. Teachers are facilitators, planners, learners, counselors, and friends.
Montessori classrooms have three year age spans: 3 to 6 years (primary), 6 to 9 years (lower elementary), and 9 to 12 years (upper elementary). This allows the younger child to learn from the older child. Each student benefits from the example of the older students and he/she will one day be the "teacher," setting examples for others to follow. A lesson is perfected when a student is able to give that lesson to another. Mixed age groupings encourage a sense of family and community. A bond between the children develops naturally through grace and courtesy and can be seen in mutual caring and respect.
Children are gifted with special powers of learning. Their minds are like sponges absorbing the world around them in a way quite different from adults. This power to absorb knowledge gives children the energy to teach themselves. Education, then, is a process, which naturally develops in the human being, not something the teacher does! Children are gifted by nature to exercise the skills they see practiced around them. The Romeo Montessori School intends to foster and follow this great gift of childhood.
Excerpted from the preschool's website