Montes­sori con­tin­ues to set the ex­am­ple

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDUCATION - Spe­cial to NWA Demo­crat- Gazette

The Montes­sori School of Fayet­teville con­tin­ues with its healthy vi­sion for the chil­dren of North­west Arkansas. As the founder of the old­est Montes­sori in North­west Arkansas and the sec­ond old­est in the state, Vic­to­ria But­ler guides through ed­u­ca­tion of adults and chil­dren.

There are cur­rently five mem­bers of the staff fin­ish­ing or work­ing on Amer­i­can Montes­sori So­ci­ety (AMS) train­ing in Colorado and Arkansas. Twenty-two have fin­ished The Cen­ter for Guided Study of Montes­sori train­ing, with three fin­ish­ing train­ing in Lit­tle Rock. All train­ing of staff mem­bers is paid for by the school.

The Montes­sori School of Fayet­teville con­tin­ues its strong be­lief in the for­eign lan­guage pro­gram, which starts chil­dren at 19 months through 6th grade two to three times per week in Man­darin and Span­ish.

The con­cept of ed­u­ca­tion at Montes­sori stems from the be­lief that hu­man be­ings learn crit­i­cal think­ing skills through dis­cov­ery. Chil­dren grasp ab­stract con­cepts lit­er­ally by putting their hands on them.

Teach­ers, par­ents, and vol­un­teers help chil­dren un­der­stand the guide­lines of so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and fo­cus on pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment of in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ter­is­tics and tal­ents.

As the fu­ture un­folds, the school looks to­ward Ju­nior High and more part­ner­ship in the com­mu­nity. Cur­rently, the school sup­ports sev­eral area or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing the li­brary and chil­dren’s theater group. The Montes­sori School of Fayet­teville was named the best pre-school and sec­ond-best el­e­men­tary school in North­west Arkansas by Ci­tiS­capes Mag­a­zine. In ad­di­tion, the school re­cently won a de­sign award for its new pri­mary build­ing for 2 ½ to 5 year olds.

The school opened an ex­ten­sive science and nat­u­ral his­tory col­lec­tion this school year. This in­cludes more than 40 corals, 100 sea shells, 40 rock and min­er­als, pre­served an­i­mals, in­clud­ing Alaskan brown bear, bob cat, por­cu­pine, and more. The col­lec­tion also in­cludes pre­served bats, in­sects, sharks, in­sects, echin­o­derms, oc­to­pus, snakes, skele­tons of an­i­mals, as well as early hu­man tools, a real baby swim­ming di­nosaur and di­nosaur foot­prints and teeth.

Com­mu­nity is im­por­tant in the class­room and The Montes­sori School of Fayet­teville con­tin­ues to set the ex­am­ple.

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