"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination." – Maria Montessori
What is Montessori?
Inherent in her philosophy is the desire that children should become independent, caring, reflective problem solvers. In the Montessori space, children are invited to work with the Montessori materials alone, with friends or their teachers. Each child is constantly challenged to take risks, celebrate their mistakes, and develop a passion for learning. They are encouraged to cultivate a curiosity to know more and the confidence to ask meaningful questions.
What is trilingual immersion?
The trilingual language immersion program at Battery Park Montessori provides children with an early start to building their language skills in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. Half-day students gain exposure to each of the languages, while full-day students have an immersion experience in each language.
The Montessori Learning Space
Dr. Montessori celebrated children. She encouraged their independence, their curiosity and their problem solving by designing 5 areas in the classroom, which would help grow each child’s intellectual, spiritual, academic and social skills.
The Practical Life area consists of materials that help develop each child’s pincer grip. The pincer grip involves the muscles, which we use to hold pens, pencils and paint brushes. In the classroom children refine their hand muscles by pouring dry and wet objects, they tweeze tiny objects, squeeze sponges, spoon buttons, sew, sweep, wash and twist a variety of items which help strengthen their hand muscles.
Dr. Montessori knew the importance of children learning skills and concepts through using their senses. She called the Sensorial Area the “sense training” materials. Children notice the quality of the objects they work with. They feel the weight, study the differences in height, they notice the subtleties of color, feel the different textures, match sounds, develop a discerned taste and distinguish scents as part of this of their development of the sensorial education.
Montessori materials are all child sized so they can fit into the palm of the child’s hand and so that each child can have a meaningful experience with the materials. The math materials are no different. They are colorful and children gravitate towards them. At the start of the year the materials are more concrete, allowing children a very tangible experience while learning a skill that might be harder to learn without such developmentally appropriate materials. Children get to hold and feel the differences in quantity; they get a tangible experience with what a number feels like and how to create the numeral.
Language is an integral part of the ongoing curriculum and daily activities in our school. Children learn language through materials that focus on rhyming, sequencing, matching. In addition the children use the classical Montessori materials such as the metal insets, the sandpaper letters and the moveable alphabet.
Science & Cultural
The cultural curriculum is a very important component to each child’s spiritual and intellectual evolution. We introduce children to their world around them and help them understand the interconnectedness of all the parts of their Universe. We foster a sense of awe and wonder in children as we introduce them to geography, geology, botany, science, zoology, weather, chemistry and the cultures around them in New York City.
Art at Battery Park Montessori includes blocks, clay, paint, pastels, crayons, colored pencils and other interesting media that help promote creativity. Children design three-dimensional structures such as skyscrapers, houses, fruit and other multi media. We value the process of creating more than the product itself.