We were not intimately familiar with Montessori education prior to starting our son with Montessori One at 18 months of age, but we have been fully converted into Montessori method enthusiasts. Our son and daughter have both attended Montessori ONE since they could walk and their development academically and socially has pleasantly shocked our entire family. Our kindergartner is working with fractions and division and reading at a second grade level. Our 4 year old is reading and practicing writing and working with different math "works". What is truly amazing to us is that they are not single, standout students; all of their peers in their classrooms are also excelling at this level. It truly shows the power of the Montessori way of educating young children. Even more important than the incredible academic success that they've had is that they truly love coming to school and they both feel like they are a part of a community in their classrooms and the school as a whole.
- A. Bower
This is a very organized school! They promote healthy eating which is awesome because kids can always find enough sugar in fruits. Tina and Falguni have always been really helpful and all of the staff are dedicated. The staff is very polite and the most important part, my 2 year old LOVES going and cant stop talking about all she did each day:) I've noticed a real growth in her from all aspects; from feeding herself to wearing her own socks and shoes, she has really developed hand-eye coordination and those fine skills you use in daily life. Academically, she is quite advanced for her age, and i love that they challenge the kids but don't force them. Each kid goes at their own pace and can choose the work they want to do. My daughter loves to count everything and 'reads' books although all she is doing is making up her own story based on the pictures :) ..but hey, for a 2 year old that's a great start!
- Google Reviewer
Montessori ONE is the only Association Montessori International/USA (AMI/USA) recognized school offering Preschool through Elementary in Albuquerque.
The Montessori curriculum is international in its focus and seeks to promote a global perspective. It is academically rich and challenging. It is an integrated, thematic approach that ties the separate disciplines together into studies of the physical universe, the world of nature, and the human experience. In this way, one lesson leads to many others. It provides hands-on materials to clearly demonstrate abstract concepts in a concrete manner so children become confident in their understanding. All aspects of the curriculum are integrated into a meaningful whole. They include:
This area is designed to invite children to act and work on real life tasks that foster independence, coordination, order and concentration. It is the “doorway to the Montessori Curriculum.” The Practical Life area contains variety of items commonly used in the tasks of daily living, like eating, dressing, and cleaning. The materials are also designed to help teach skills involved with caring for the environment and the self, to encourage responsibility and promote high self-esteem. Children gain independence by mastering practical life exercises.
The central purpose of the Math materials in the early years is to lay the foundation for later cognitive development and to prepare for the gradual transition to abstract thinking. Montessori curriculum uses hands-on learning materials that make abstract concepts clear and concrete. Children will learn to recognize numerals, counting sets for numerals, addition, subtraction, skip counting, multiplication, division, measuring, and fractions.
Senses are the “doorway to the mind.” Sensory and manipulation aid to the development of maturing sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin). They are also the starting point for the intellectual growth. The basis sensorial exercise inspires careful observation and attention to specific qualities requiring identification of similarities and contrasts. Each sensorial materials isolates one defining quality such as colors, shape, sizes, sounds, textures, and scents. Children are better prepared or future learning in math, language, and science by mastering sensorial exercises.
Language development activities foster vocabulary development, communication skills, writing and reading readiness. Language area includes variety of reading materials, phonetic analysis, word skills and reading, as well as materials for the refinement of motor control for writing. Writing proceeds reading in the Montessori Method, as the children explore with drawing and forming letters. The child begins by exploring the sounds that compose words and by relating them to the letters of the alphabet.
Pre-writing skills include preparation of the muscles to hold a pencil, trace outlines and to control the pressure when using a pencil. Reading skills include the use of sandpaper letters, letter sounds, pictures, blends and digraphs, and long and short vowel patterns.
Science is the integral element of the Montessori curriculum. It represents a way of life: a clear thinking approach to gathering information and problem solving. It includes botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. History and Geography begins with maps and names of continents and countries and moving on to world’s cultures.
Music and Arts will offer children ways to express themselves, their feelings, and ideas while developing their fine and gross-motor skills.