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A lifelong love of learning.

In authentic Montessori schools, children are given the opportunity to be responsible for their education - they are excited to learn, retain their knowledge and pursue their passions.

Marin Montessori School's Beliefs:

Choice Deepens Learning Intensity

Even the youngest child at Marin Montessori School is given the gift of choice in his or her education. A hungry toddler may choose to make muffins. An elementary student who plays the clarinet may choose to do a study of wind instruments and give a performance. Giving students the opportunity to direct their educational experience allows them to learn to make better decisions and exercise good judgment. Children are more deeply engaged in learning because they have a voice in how learning occurs. This freedom is carefully bound by what is developmentally appropriate and by choices that will naturally teach the student to progress - academically, socially and emotionally.

Movement And Student-Driven Discovery Fuels Development

Is it a secret that children have a hard time sitting still? Rather than restricting their natural tendencies, Marin Montessori School's AMI program uses children's innate tendencies to their advantage. Our AMI-trained teachers carefully create indoor and outdoor environments to entice students to act on their educational interests. Rich in a variety of age-appropriate studies and manipulative materials, MMS classrooms are designed to invite children to move about and freely engage with other children and the teacher as desired. The goal is simple: help students discover for themselves as they develop learning skills that last a lifetime.

Interest Creates Excitement And Deepens Concentration

Visitors often comment on the hum of concentration that exists in Marin Montessori School's classrooms. Because the children have chosen the work they do, they are already interested, already eager to learn. Observers may see a child figuring out how to put together a binomial cube; another tracing sandpaper letters with her finger; a pair drawing a map of the world; a small group getting a golden bead lesson from their teacher. A child may also spend some time observing before deciding what activity to start. There is little discord because each child is working at his own pace and at a level that suits him best. This contentment leads naturally to deep concentration.

Students Inspire Students

Individual interests often inspire collaborative efforts in the classroom. Projects such as in-depth reports, musical scores, paintings, timelines, books and plays are not dictated by teachers but are created by students who come together with their own purpose in mind. Rather than competing for grades, students are compelled to work as a team to gain greater knowledge while enjoying the companionship of learning.

Context Accelerates Knowledge Acquisition

Learning "in context" is repeated over and over in our classrooms. Marin Montessori School classrooms typically have animals but taking care of them is not the teacher's responsibility. The care and upbringing of each animal is a classroom project, and the children find out how to care for the animals based upon the needs and characteristics of each animal. They create feeding and cleaning schedules, and are responsible for carrying out these tasks. Children realize the value of knowledge, figure out how to get it, and are more likely to retain it when they learn "in context" to life.

Order And Beauty Ignite Progress

Montessori classrooms intrigue children and draw them into a personal educational environment. Every room presents itself with order and beauty. Wherever you look, you will find something interesting - a set of contoured landforms, test tubes for a science experiment - and something beautiful - painted Oaxacan animals. Neatness counts in the classroom: students are responsible for returning items to their places and keeping their work areas tidy. Teachers manage the progress of learning by changing displays of work and offering materials based on developmental stages of the children. This is the way students progress. They look forward to "stepping up" to the next level. They know they will encounter yet another fascinating classroom capable of capturing their attention while providing developmental challenges.

Respect Nurtures Grace And Courtesy

On the Marin Montessori campus, behaving with grace and courtesy is paramount to our community. Teachers and staff treat the children with utmost respect, and the children return the kindness. Girls and boys work together as equals. Older students give lessons to younger students. Young children are confident among older ones. Everyone at Marin Montessori actively cares for one another and the environment they share. "Grace and courtesy" is more than a phrase that children use every day. They are among the most important skills that the children take away from Marin Montessori School.

Active bodies stimulate active minds. Maria Montessori knew that in 1898. Modern research confirms it. A 2006 study by psychologists at the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin showed that Montessori students at the age of five scored higher on measures of reading, math, executive function, and social development. By the age of twelve they scored equal to or higher than their traditional school peers in creativity and complexity of sentence structure and essay composition as well as demonstrating superior social and behavioral skills.