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Montessori World Of Children

1080 Mccallie Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404-2803

(423) 622-6366


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Montessori School was founded in 1981 by Tom and Bobbe Spink with the help of many dedicated parents. It grew from one preschool class and one elementary class to include a toddler class and a full elementary school offering grades 1-8. The staff currently consists of 15 teachers, specialists and directors. The total enrollment of 125 includes children from the Hixson, Signal Mountain, Lookout Mountain, Ooltewah, North Georgia, Dalton and Cleveland areas.

The Montessori course of study is an integrated thematic approach that ties the separate disciplines of the curriculum together. Everything is interrelated. One lesson leads to another. The child moves from the concrete toward abstract understanding.

Children, especially when they are very young, are quite capable of absorbing information, concepts, and skills from their surroundings and peers almost as though through osmosis. Montessori observed that in an environment that is intellectually and artistically alive, warm and encouraging, children will spontaneously ask questions, investigate, create and explore new ideas. Montessori classrooms are thoughtfully arranged with compelling lessons that children choose themselves. These materials take the child on a personal journey of discovery and mastery. The Montessori teacher acts as a guide. At every age students learn in different ways at different rates. Many learn much more effectively from direct hands ­on experience rather than from studying a textbook or listening to a lecture. The teacher is especially sensitive to the learning style of each child. Each child works at his or her own pace. Based on the interpretation of the Montessori educational philosophy, we feel our school and its programs have faithfully embraced Maria Montessori's philosophies regarding the education of children while adapting those original philosophies to the cultures and times in which we live.

Montessori education takes a different approach to learning, which can best be appreciated through first-hand experience. Many people, including professional educators, misunderstand the concepts. Observation of a class in action explains more than any amount of reading. The The Montessori School welcomes observers. An informational tour is conducted every Thursday afternoon from 2:00 - 3:30, no appointment necessary, adults only, no children please.

The Montessori School has an open admission policy, serving the needs of all ethnic and religious groups, and most academic student capabilities from mildly disabled to gifted.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Activities in the preschool classroom include \"practical life\" exercises, early language and number work, introduction to cultures and geography, art and music activities, and the observation and understanding of nature.
Excerpted from the preschool's website