Montessori continues to set the example
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.