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Mindfulness Education at Valley Montessori Academy

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We are so proud to introduce Mindfulness as an essential educational tool at Valley Montessori Academy!

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness – is present-moment awareness and understanding what is going on in and around you.
Being mindful helps children to cope more easily with feelings such as: anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, peer conflicts etc.
We will teach and encourage them to address these feelings with calm minds.
Some of the examples of the mindfulness activities are: breathing techniques, meditation, listening to poems, listening to silence, singing calming songs.
All these activities will help redirect children`s behavior and avoid unnecessary conflicts.

At Valley Montessori Academy we believe that your presence, your calm and your peace are the best and the biggest gifts we can offer to young people

Spanish Classes for Toddlers, Preschoolers and Elementary Students at Valley Montessori Academy

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SPANISH FOR THE MONTESSORI ENVIRONMENT!

Our Spanish curriculum has been developed by an experienced Montessorian Alice Renton, introduces Spanish as a second language to children ages 3-9, giving you a way to share and develop what you already know.

Based on how children naturally learn, this unique approach:

Introduces vocabulary through songs, rhymes, finger plays, and movement activities that children love

Illustrates concepts with colorful, appealing visuals

Emphasizes comprehension activities essential in young children’s learning

Develops conversation skills with versatile, easy-to-use materials

Encourages practice of Spanish vocabulary through cooperative, interactive situations

Integrates culture and classroom materials with language learning.

Foreign language Center at Valley Montessori Academy

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Valley Montessori Academy

Authentic Montessori education in Bakersfield

serving children from 2 1/2 to 6 years old

presents the Foreign Language Center:

 

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Russian

Taught by native speakers

 

Toddlers, Preschoolers, Elementary and Adult programs are available during the week and on weekends.

Please refer to the schedules on

www.valleyma.com

 

For more information

Email us info@valleyma.com

Call us 661-829-6418

Check our Facebook page

 

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.

– build multitasking skills

– stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia

– improve memory

– improve decision-making skills

– become more perceptive

– excel in decision-making skills

– improve your English

Why Parents Choose Montessori Education for their children?

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  1. Fostering Independence

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” – Maria Montessori.

It is always a goal of Montessori education in the classrooms to make the child independent and be able to do things for himself. This is achieved by giving children opportunities. Opportunities to move, to dress themselves, to choose what they want to do, and to help the adults with tasks. When the children are able to do things for themselves there is an increase in their self-belief, self-confidence and esteem that they may carry on throughout their life.

 

  1. Prepared Environment
    The earliest memories of learning are, for Montessori students, forever associated with the warmth and peace of their first classrooms. Furniture in Montessori classrooms is the appropriate size for the children who will use it. This is also true of the tools, utensils, and materials they will hold in their hands. Pictures hang on the wall at the level of the students’ eyes. Every classroom is organized in such a way that the sequence of learning is materially present on the shelves and obvious to the children. The goals of independent decision-making and internal motivation are built into the carefully prepared environment. Most of the classrooms are filled with light, plants, fresh flowers, and an ambiance of grace. Environments affect the quality of the experiences within them.
  2. Each child is valued as a unique individual

Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan

  1. Calm and Peaceful Classrooms

A good Montessori classroom will appear to be calm and peaceful. You will see many children deep in concentration as they choose an activity and work with it for a good long time. Other children are moving in the classroom as they choose an activity and sit down to work, but the movement in the classroom is slow and purposeful.

  1. Purposeful Work

Students in Montessori classrooms have daily opportunities to select their work. Children may repeat the tasks they select as often as they desire, until the task is mastered. Work chosen independently and repeated without interruption often leads to deep concentration. Montessori’s ability to cultivate and protect the concentration of young children through their purposeful work remains one of her most significant contributions to the education of young people.

  1. Individualized Curriculum.

A true Montessori program supports the individual development of the child. This is very different from a one-size-fits-all curriculum that suggests all children are ready to do the same thing at the same time because they are a particular age. In an authentic Montessori classroom the curriculum conforms to your child instead of your child having to conform to the curriculum

The Importance of Mixed Age Grouping in Montessori

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One aspect of a Montessori classroom is that there is a 3 year age span among the children. A Primary Montessori Classroom is designed for the 3-6 years old children.
Maria Montessori found this to be most beneficial for children and now, educational research supports this practice, although it’s typically only found in Montessori schools.How often now does the child have the experience of living in the family with several brothers and sisters? Not quite that often. So he is not receiving the full social experience. Perfect social environments for the child are children with the age difference year or two.

And Montessori classroom is a big family with a lot of children of different age, but not that different to be impossible to study together. This difference helps to avoid many conflicts that are present in the same age groups. In Montessori groups, children have natural age hierarchy, and the older Child tends to help, to patronize and to teach little one. Little kids know that they can always get help from older ones.

Montessori Education vs. Traditional Educational

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Montessori Education

  • Individual students work at their own pace at their challenge level and according to their own interests
  • Learning goals include love of learning, independence as a learner, self-motivation.
  • Mastery of core academic skills is integrated into the study of all subject materials.
  • Multi-age classrooms allow children to advance as they are ready. Older students motivate younger students and consolidate their own learning by helping them.
  • A student’s natural curiosity is nurtured and sustained as a key to exploring the rich scientific and multi-cultural lessons and the beautiful materials that convey them.
  • Teachers act as guides, coaches and mentors.
  • Learners practice their work in the classroom where teachers can assist and give ready feedback.
  • The classroom is a well-equipped learning environment with materials and resources that invite and promote independent learning. Children can move around the classroom to different work areas.
  • Students are encouraged to develop higher levels of thinking – compare, contrast, evaluate, judge, ask probing questions, identify and solve problems, synthesize what has been learned and apply it to new situations.
  • Students of all ages develop and master skills needed for the 21st Century – creativity, cooperation, independence, global competency, and strong communication.

Traditional Education

  • All students in a class work at the same pace through the same material.
  • Learning goals are strongly focused on achieving good test scores and grades.
  • Academic skills are often taught in isolation so that students are acquiring a skill for its own sake.
  • Single age grouping offers little flexibility for children who are advanced or need more help.
  • Materials studied are prescribed by the school or school district. Learning is dominated by textbooks
  • Teachers primarily deliver instruction to students.
  • Learners practice at home on their own and are graded on their efforts.
  • Classrooms are often characterized by rows of desks facing the front of the classroom where the teacher leads the learning process. Students must stay seated during class.
  • Subject areas are taught in isolation from one another.
  • Students are most often asked to memorize and master facts and information that will be tested.
  • Time management is not generally taught.
  • Social skills are not often part of the classic traditional curriculum. When it is taught, it is more likely as an add-on rather than and integrated fundamental part of the child’s development.
  • Opportunity to acquire 21st Century skills is hit or miss depending on the program