The Montessori methodology, a philosophy that has withstood the test of time, is a core pillar of an IMA education. A catalyst for independence and confidence, Montessori was a seamless fit with IMA’s mission.
Dr. Maria Montessori, a physician, educator and acclaimed innovator pushed the boundaries of thought to develop a program that cultivates the natural desires of a learner. Rooted in the pursuit of building upon a child’s innate curiosity, children move through a thoughtful continuum that fosters independence and the acquisition or social, emotional and academic skills.
Role of the Teacher
Teachers are both guides and facilitators in the classroom. Children are provided with opportunities that allow for choice, while boundaries are in place to ensure that a multi-disciplinary curriculum is carried forward at just the right time. Overall, teachers spark interest and awe when presenting engagements and concepts to the children with the hope of instilling lifelong passions and habits. Concepts begin in a concrete state and the child moves to an abstract understanding.
• Lower and Upper Elementary (6-12 years)
Moving at a pace that is comfortable for the child, teachers follow a sequential order and take children from concrete to abstract thinking. Mathematics is divided into six categories- counting and the decimal system, memory work, concrete abstraction, arithmetic tables and geometry. Utilizing manipulates and repetition, children become confident in problem-solving, computing, and recall.