6. What is the Montessori curriculum?
Montessori children work in two general areas: character education and academic education. At CMS, we strongly focus on children learning to take care of themselves, their environment and each other. Cooking, cleaning, building, moving gracefully, speaking politely, being considerate and helpful are some examples of character education. Academic education is highly regarded, as well. Parents are usually surprised to find that our students are reading, writing and completing high-level arithmetic at such an early age. The classrooms are arranged according to subject area and children are always free to move around the room instead of staying at desks. All kinds of intelligence and styles of learning are nurtured: musical, kinesthetic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, intuitive, linguistic and logical. Assessment is by portfolio and the teacher’s observations, and record-keeping.