The SVIS Montessori Integrated School System
What is Montessori?
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.
It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive.
For more than a century now, the child-focused approach that Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, developed for educating children has
been transforming schools around the globe.
As soon as you enter a classroom, you know that something different is afoot. Montessori classrooms are immediately recognizable. You will see children working independently and in groups, often with specially designed learning materials; deeply engaged in their work; and respectful of themselves and their surroundings.
SVIS fosters an integrated Montessori system wherein the Montessori Method of education and its discipline is aligned with its traditional American System of teaching. The Method is applied from Early Childhood up to Lower Elementary.
Benefits of the SVIS Montessori Integrated system:
- Each child is valued as a unique individual.
- Beginning at an early age, Montessori nurtures order, concentration, and independence.
- Students are part of a close, caring community.
- Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits.
- Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge.
- Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach.
- Montessori supports social-emotional skills.
- Montessori follows a “hands-on “approach to learning.
Learning within a Montessori Prepared Classroom offers the following advantages to the students:
- Freedom of movement and choice.
- Structure and Order in a carefully prepared classroom.
- Beauty (solid and attractive material).
- Nature and Reality.
- Social Environment which includes peace awareness.
- Intellectual environment triggered by the large amount of activities.
NAMC Peace Curriculum starting from Lower Elementary
Maria Montessori was committed to creating peace in our world through the education of our children, stating “Creating peace is the work of education”. She believed that children were “both the hope and promise for the future of mankind” and developed lessons for children to learn how to solve their own problems peacefully. Through a variety of activities we hope to instill a sense responsibility in each student with regards to themselves, their community and environment through our Montessori Peace Educational Program.
“When a child is given a little leeway, he will at once shout, “I want to do it!” But in our schools, which have an environment adapted to children’s needs, they say, “Help me to do it alone.” And these words reveal their inner needs.”