education on purpose
We're here for the lover of learning and the explorer at heart.
Dr. Maria Montessori discovered that children had an innate desire to discover the world around them. She used her scientific background to observe what engaged the children and desired to understand how they learned so she could facilitate their learning. She immersed herself in educational psychology, philosophy, and anthropology. Through her studies, she created a method of education that allowed the child to take charge of their own learning, supported by the adult and the environment. She discovered that children have a natural desire to learn and can excel when hands-on, concrete learning experiences are provided. The Montessori Method is still used today on all continents but Antarctica. Our mission at Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) is to help parents lay a foundation for their children to build meaningful lives upon. There are five key learning areas of Montessori: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Culture.
The environment is carefully prepared by the guide (teacher) who facilitates the desires of the child through careful observation. The child is provided opportunities at just the right level to challenge them while allowing them to be successful. Each lesson is carefully prepared and complete with all the tools the child will need to be successful. Materials are made from natural materials as they are safe to put in their mouths, lovely to tough, and the weight of the object is more likely to be directly related to its size. The activities have a work cycle composed of a beginning, middle, and end. The uninterrupted 3 hour work period is respected in the Early Childhood environment and a 2 uninterrupted work period is respected in the Toddler environment. The prepared space is simple and beautiful. The furnishings are child-sized and promote independence.
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