The Montessori Learning Center curriculum is based on the philosophy and methods developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It is designed to engage students in thoughtful pursuits and encourage a lifelong love of learning. Students at MLC experience concepts and develop skills at each level of understanding that prepare them for more complex lessons at the next level. At the same time, our expectations are high, challenging each student to reach his or her potential, and establishing clear standards for achievement and quality of thought and work.
At both the Primary–often called the “Children’s House”–and Elementary levels, the classrooms are organized into multi-aged groups that reflect Dr. Montessori’s different stages of development and principles of education. The Primary classrooms have students ranging in age from two-and-a-half through age six; the Lower Elementary encompasses grades one through three, while the Upper Elementary includes grades four, five, and six. These multi-age groupings allow students to be inspired and aided by older students in the classroom. The older students act as role models, while also developing leadership skills and a sense of social responsibility. This set-up also allows the students flexibility in their educational style and pacing, so that they may advance in strong areas and continue to work on areas that need additional attention.
Each classroom is a well-structured environment in which teachers (or “guides”) provide a consistent approach and assistance in the development of orderly thought. Hands-on materials, which are a mainstay of any Montessori environment, are sequenced and carefully organized in curricular areas by degree of difficulty. Within this framework, the child is allowed to develop at his or her own pace. The teachers at every level monitor the child’s progress though observation and extensive record-keeping.
In addition to the Montessori-based course of study, MLC follows all requirements of the California State recommended curriculum at all grade levels.