In the Sunflower Montessori program, children are instructed by certified
Montessori teachers and well qualified support staff. Each classroom area
of the school is carefully prepared to meet the needs of the developing
child. We strive to meet the social, emotional, and academic goals of
students, all of which are of equal importance.
Montessori is often called an "Education for Peace". Children study their
connection to the Universe and learn to become citizens of planet Earth,
North America, The United States of America, Montana, Missoula, and
finally community members of their school. At Sunflower Montessori we
strive to provide children a greater understanding of their responsibility to the world. Our curriculum is carefully designed to show children their interconnectedness to all living things. We understand the child's innate fascination with the natural world. Sunflower Montessori nurtures this fascination.
Social and Emotional Goals:
Independence - Children develop independence, learning to work by themselves without constant adult intervention. They are taught how to dress and undress, pour their own milk, use real dishes, and use the bathroom independently.
Concentration - The environment is constructed to allow the development of quiet, uninterrupted concentration.
Coordination - Activities are designed to strengthen children's hand for writing and train the eye for reading. Exercises designed to help with motor skills and balance are part of the daily activities and experiences.
Order - The orderly and clean environment leads children to develop logical thinking which translates into math conception, problem solving, and decision making.
Socialization - Activities promoting kindness and peace are cornerstones of healthy social development. Conflict resolution and empowerment are taught to help children meet, interact, and form positive relationships with other children.
Self-Control - Children develop self motivation, and inner discipline. They are taught to "own" their work, and assisted to develop a sense of pride and a positive view of learning.
Areas of Environment:
Practical Life - Real life water activities like dishwashing, cooking, cleaning, gardening, small muscle manipulative exercises, art, individual snacks, and family style lunch. Read an explanation of the philosophy of the Montessori Practical Life Area.
Sensorial - The sensorial room includes didactic sensorial materials specifically developed by Maria Montessori for 3-6 year olds. These materials are the foundation of developmental sensory and motor skills for this age group. Read an explanation of the philosophy of the Montessori Sensorial Area.
Areas of Academics:
Language - Reading, writing, and speech. Read an explanation of the philosophy of the Montessori Language Area.
Mathematics - Concrete and conceptual, 1-10, decimal system, and processes. Read an explanation of the philosophy of the Montessori Mathematics Area.
Cultural and Scientific Studies - The study of the natural world, time, space, and world cultures. Read an explanation of the philosophy of the Montessori Cultural and Scientific Studies Area.