WHY MONTESSORI ONE?
Founded in 2007, Montessori ONE Academy is Albuquerque’s only AMI (Association Montessori International/USA) recognized school.
Children at Montessori ONE Academy are encouraged to explore, investigate and fulfill their natural curiosity about the world around them. Under the guidance of our certified Montessori teachers, children develop at their own pace and learn that school can be a fun and exciting adventure... thus creating lifelong learners.
- Learning occurs in a cooperative and nurturing environment. Students will increase their own knowledge through self and teacher-initiated experiences.
- Respect and caring attitudes for others, the environments, and all life, including oneself, are necessary and important.
- Learning utilizes all senses. Students will learn through manipulation of curriculum materials and through interaction with others.
- The individual is considered as a whole. The physical, social, emotional, spiritual, cognitive, and aesthetic needs and interests of the child are all equally important and must be inseparable.
- Teachers educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology who have the ability, dedication, and passion to put the key concepts into practice.
- A multi-aged, multi-level group of students learning together.
- A diverse set of Montessori materials, activities, and experiences which are designed to foster physical, intellectual, creative, and social independence.
- A schedule that provides blocks of uninterrupted time to problem solve, to create new ideas, and to see the interdisciplinary connection of knowledge.
- Provide a classroom environment that encourages social interaction for cooperative learning, peer teaching, and emotional development.
- Allow children to learn at their own pace by providing individual and small group lessons.
Founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori, The Association Montessori Internationale’s mission is to maintain the integrity of the Montessori Method as it is employed in schools around the world. The AMI school recognition program was initiated in the United States to provide parents with a measure of whether schools are following Dr. Montessori's principles and practices in their original integrity and completeness. AMI developed a set of pedagogical standards for this purpose and it is upon these standards that AMI recognition is granted annually. To be eligible for an AMI Certificate of Recognition, a school is expected to have:
- One teacher holding an AMI diploma (for the appropriate age level) for each class
- Children of mixed age levels (3-6, 6-9, 9-12)
- A complete set of AMI approved materials for each classroom from a manufacturer of approved materials
- A philosophical approach consistent with what is given in AMI training courses
- Applications must be made annually, and certificates are valid only for the current school year
- All points on the application must be answered fully to be considered and answers should refer to the situation in the month of September
- An on-site evaluation conducted by a trained AMI consultant
- Schools should abide by all local, state, and federal ordinances, statutes, rules, and regulations
MONTESSORI’S FOUNDING PRINCIPLES
According to AMI, the following objectives are critical to the Montessori Pedagogy and Practice and should govern educational efforts by all lawful means:
- To uphold the rights of the child in society, and make known the child’s importance for the progress of civilization
- To make known the natural laws of growth in order to help the child to develop naturally in the family, school and society
- To awaken public opinion with regard to the moral dignity of the child as ‘the Father of Man’, and to make clear the true nature of adult responsibility toward the child as the worker whose spontaneous activity produces the full-grown man
- To spread and uphold the pedagogical principles and practice formulated by Dr Maria Montessori, which ensure the independence of the child’s personality through successive stages of growth until he reaches full normal development by means of his own activity;
- To provide opportunities wherever possible for children to develop normally, thereby helping all adults to enter into a new life of harmony and co-operation with children; and by thus unifying the two fundamental phases of human life, to lead the way to a higher and more peaceable civilization
- To function as a social movement that will strive to obtain recognition for the rights of the child throughout the world, irrespective of race, religion, political and social beliefs; co-operating with other bodies and organizations which further the development of education, human rights and peace
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