The educational environment at The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes emanates from belief in the school's mission statement. We are committed to creating an enriched, stimulating, and age-appropriate environment that prepares students for success in their future schooling, professions, and personal lives. Children have an innate power for taking from their experiences what is needed to develop socially, emotionally and intellectually. A whole-child approach to education helps the child to become adapted to his own time, place and culture; to be prepared to meet new situations; and to have the intelligence and courage to problem-solve when change is needed.
Following the principle of freedom within limits, we guide children to make appropriate decisions and to achieve self-management. Children are free to work, but not to avoid work. They learn to make appropriate decisions regarding choices of work, workspace and co-workers. Self-discipline leads to independence and freedom. Independence is tied to the fundamental rule of respect for oneself, others and the environment. Freedom to socialize occurs when children respect the concentration and space of others.
We organize each class level according to distinct stages of development. Within each stage the children have similar characteristics and particular sensitivities that serve as internal motivators. These internal drives focus the child's attention on experiences that help fulfill social, physical and intellectual potentials. Each stage is typically organized in three-year age groups and builds upon the foundation of the previous stage.
The social community of mixed-age children gives experienced students an opportunity to serve as role models and help others through peer teaching and partner work. This promotes self-worth as well as community pride. At each level the children are expected to carry through with age-appropriate responsibilities which include caring for personal possessions, the classroom and the total community.
With the range of ages in the classes, competition is minimized as a motivator. The students comfortably
share knowledge with each other in a respectful manner. They learn to work as a team and to value each member's contribution in any situation.
TMA places value on peace education and conflict resolution as means to build a community. Having tools for solving conflicts builds tolerance
for other points of view and prepares children to be compassionate adults.
PORTRAIT OF THE GRADUATE
~ Confident, independent and
~ Respectful, responsible and
~ Critical, creative, and abstract
~ Academic achiever who manages
~ Compassionate leader who is
They have a passion for learning, cultural awareness and a commitment