The Montessori classroom is able to create an environment that prolongs the interactions that infants and toddlers have naturally with their parents, friends and surroundings. Interactions where the toddlers are innately curious and voracious in their exploration.
- What is this?
- What does this do?
- Why is this here?
- Where does this come from?
- Why are we going there?
We chose to create an International Baccalaureate Middle School because the program is founded on asking powerful questions. The difference in the two philosophies is that in the Montessori tradition our questions are not explicit or necessarily shared. Taking advantage of our MS students moving into a decidedly more social plane of development, we understand that discovery and exploration is not only private and self-driven but has also become a shared peer experience. In our Middle School curriculum we share questions and ideas, we still let the child drive his learning by asking questions, but we now make their questions explicit and available to their classmates. We tell stories and expand on the great lessons and use student curiosity to develop our curriculum.
We are driven by questions instead of content:
- What is order? What is chaos? Instead of Ancient Greece.
- What is a number? Instead of base ten number systems.
- What is an ideal community? Instead of The Giver.
- When is it good to be wrong? Instead of the Scientific Method.