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The Montessori Curriculum

Putting the Montessori Philosophy into Practice in the Classroom

At The Bridgeway School, we believe education should be about more than memorization, repetition and standardized tests. We offer a completely different approach, featuring a unique, open environment that emphasizes your child’s natural interests and allows your child to set his or her own developmental pace. That’s the Montessori philosophy. That’s the philosophy we follow at Bridgeway Montessori.

The Montessori education journey all began with Dr. Maria Montessori. Through scientific observations, she determined that children learn best when learning at their own pace and given the choice of his or her own activities. This breakthrough sparked a revolution that led to the Montessori method being taught all over the world.

At Bridgeway, the practical application of this approach of sensory-based and self-directed learning for children is the most important thread that runs through our Infant, Toddler, Primary and Enrichment programs.

Each program builds on the one before it, providing challenges appropriate to both age and skill levels. Language, mathematics, spatial learning, self-discovery, music and art — they’re all incorporated into the Montessori approach.

Your Bridgeway School teacher will work with your child to individually encourage him or her to explore the areas that excite and engage him or her. As children master an exercise, we guide them to the next appropriate challenge.

We believe each Montessori classroom is a community, with respect for others at the core and the community formed in our programs goes beyond the classrooms to encompass the entire school. Combined with our Whole Child Education, we are creating lifelong learners and good citizens.

The Bridgeway School was opened in late 2013 to serve the needs of our growing community. Over the year, the fully Montessori  preschool has earned praise for its continuous improvement of her students education and consistently high levels of parent satisfaction. In response to parents demand we have just added an elementary school for grades 1-5 scheduled to kick off in September 2015 and admission is currently on-going.

               Montessori Approach

            Traditional Method

~~Emphasis on cognitive and social development

~~Emphasis on social development

~~Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom

~~Teacher is center of classroom as “controller”

~~Environment and method encourage self-discipline

~~Teacher enforces discipline

~~Mainly individual instruction

~~Mainly group  instruction

~~Mixed age grouping

~~Same age grouping

~~Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other

~~Most teaching done by teacher

~~Child chooses own work and learns mostly through self discovery

~~Activities structured for child and learning is through memorization of concepts that are mostly abstract.

~~Child works as long as he wishes on chosen project

~~Child generally allotted specific time for work

~~Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials

~~Child is guided to concepts by teacher

~~Child spots own errors from feedback on material

~~If work is corrected, errors usually pointed out by teacher

~~Child reinforces learning by repetition and feelings of achievement

~~Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and penalties

~~Organized program for learning care of self and environment (polishing shoes, cleaning the sink, community involvement etc.)

~~Less emphasis on care for self, others or the environment 

~~Child can work where he chooses (yet not disturb work of others); team work is also encouraged

~~Child usually assigned own chair; encouraged to sit still and listen during group lessons.

~~Learning environment is set up to be conducive for child

~~Learning environment is set up to be conducive for teacher and adults


Bridgeway Montessori Creche/LILY classroom

Bridgeway Elementary Grade 1 Classroom

   Montessori Education vs. Traditional Education
How does a Montessori curriculum differ from traditional schools, or even a traditional day care setting? Here are some of the things you can expect from a Montessori program vs. the traditional school method.

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