At MPS, the self-directed learning fosters self-esteem. Individualized learning needs and rate of development are top priority, leading to learning for the enjoyment and awe of it, not just the requirement.
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As I understand it Montessori education has as its goal to tailor the education needed for each child. With the “freedom within limits” MPS gives a child so much more time to explore and find out what learning means to each child. Montessori education supports independence and confidence in the independent thought process of the child.
Most traditional methods of education are transmission-based, in which the teacher has a set body of knowledge that she must impart on students. Students are mostly passive receivers of this static, compartmentalized body of knowledge. Mountain Pathways curriculum does a better job of helping students get actively involved in the learning process. Students are guided to gain an understanding of the underlying concepts and principals behind ‘rote facts.’
From day one of the 3 to 6 class and on into the 6 to 9 class, he has experienced a safe and comfortable environment to learn and expand on his gifts and strengths…as well as a reassuring and encouraging push on more challenging areas. He has rarely, if ever, expressed boredom or a significant frustration with school.
Mountain Pathways has offered our child a sense of true community while supporting individualism and independence. She has grown in spirit and enthusiasm while attending MPS; this was a true struggle while attending public school. Cliche as it may seem, we were lost in the shuffle of bureaucracy and organized chaos prior to attending MPS. She now looks forward to school, hence a motivation towards reading and math and art.