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Greenwood Montessori School

11 Clifford St
Warwick, RI 02886-4517

Phone:
(401) 739-1191

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Sandpaper letters, moveable alphabets, object to picture/picture to picture matching/chalkboards/early reading books
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • concrete Montessori math materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • field trips and enrichment programs in the sciences
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • books/CDs of various composers and their styles of music
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • tunnel, gardening
Other subjects taught Peace Education

From the Director:

Montessori classrooms do not have "stations" but rather areas of the classroom such as Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Science, Geography and Art. The children are free to move about, with guidance from the teacher as requested and/or necessary, and choose work based on their interests and abilities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

One of the teacher's main goal is to observe the needs of the child and modify the environment and/or materials according to her observations. The classroom consists of a mixed-age grouping and therefore is equipped with work in various stages of difficulty to accommodate all ages and developmental levels of the group.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori that children learn best when given the freedom to explore and make choices based on their individual interests, abilities and developmental levels.

A Typical Day

Children arrive and choose individual work. Once all children are in attendance, there is a group meeting time where certain concepts and/or subjects are covered. For example: time, calendar, weather, sign language, peace walk and other specific areas of study. Thereafter, children are free once again to make their work choices either alone, with a teacher or in small groups. Children who stay beyond the half-day program eat lunch together, followed by a brief activity period and then rest time for younger children and an afternoon enrichment group for older, non-resting children.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Weekly message boards
Monthly newsletters
progress reports as requested
parent conferences as requested
parent involvement encouraged

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Because we endeavor to provide an environment that promotes peace and comfort, separation issues are not a large issue at our school. However, we offer children the opportunties to use our "waving window", choose a weekly job, view our family photo album, all of which seem to help to distract children from any anxiety they may be feeling. Parents are also allowed to stay in the classroom for as long as they or the child feel is necessary.