One idea that underpins the Montessori philosophy, is that education must be student-centered. Maria Montessori is famously quoted, advising educators to "follow the child." Allow the child to determine the path of their education—with the necessary support.
In the Early Childhood Division here at Kingsley Montessori School, our approach to assessment depends on a thoughtfully prepared classroom environment, and formative observations by teachers throughout each day. This results in detailed record-keeping, which informs everything from what lessons to present and which classroom materials to emphasize, to how to approach goal-setting and progress reports.
Assessments are an important and necessary component of education. The fundamental purpose of assessments is that they give teachers information about what a child knows or is able to do, as a means of informing what should be taught or done next.
Building a Strong Community
One of the things that sets Kingsley apart is the sense of community you feel the moment you walk in the door. Coming inside from the bustling streets of Boston and entering a supportive, collaborative, and fun environment is something that never gets old for our students and families.
We love providing opportunities for our community members to get together; including our alumni!
One tradition that we cherish every year at Kingsley is when students from our upper level classes come back to visit their peers in the younger classrooms and share a favorite book with them.
In the Montessori classroom, students engage in independent work blocks. During these work blocks, students consult their learning plans, select the work they need, prepare their environment, and get to work. This level of independence and motivation begins at an early age for Montessori students.
We've written before about the common misconceptions people hold with regards to Montessori education. The Montessori method is a complex educational framework, so it's understandable that there would be some misinformation floating around. If you're considering Montessori education for yourself or your family, it's important to have the real information.
More so than ever before, humans are researching the ways in which we teach and learn, analyzing what the most effective methods for conveying information are. Alongside, and as a result of this, humans are also developing new educational philosophies, materials, and delivery systems at an ever increasing rate. It can be difficult to keep up!
Working in a Montessori school, you hear many misconceptions about the Montessori method. A few of these misconceptions contribute to significant misunderstandings and misgivings about the Montessori philosophy! When looking at schools for your family, it's important to wade through the misinformation and base your choices on the real facts.
Parent Child Visit Day
Each year Kingsley hosts a special event known as Parent Child Visit Day. One of the highlights of the school year, this event gives parents the opportunity to come into the classroom and not only observe, but participate in the work and learning of their children. Students proudly prepare their favorite and most important pieces of work to share with the adults in their lives, and are thrilled to have the opportunity to show off what they've learned.