Rise & Shine Montessori

Philosophy

Our well-rounded teaching program draws from different philosophies of great teachers.  The academic aspect is mostly based on the teaching methods and research of Dr. Maria Montessori and Reggio Emilia.  Whereas the social and emotional side draws from the teachings of our current, great masters such as Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Don Miguel Ruiz, Gordon Neufeld as well as  Rise & Shine’s own unique programming developed through years of experience.  So how does one begin this monumental task of empowering our children to ensure lifelong success?

 

Rise & Shine’s program teaches children

  • writing, cutting and general knowledge using sequential worksheets and activities.
  • social interaction skills and verbal fluency leading to personal confidence through games, puppets and songs.
  • Important day-to-day life skills that build strength and good character, conducive to becoming a kind, smart and contributing member of our society:   
  1. Living with integrity and being true to oneself.
  2. Always doing one’s best, no matter what your best is on a given day.
  3. Being mindful of the present moment whilst learning from the past and planning for the future.
  4. Thinking from love not only daily but more so when faced with difficult choices.
  5. Not to take things personally by evaluating a situation and looking at  the “big picture,” so as to protect oneself emotionally.


Our school’s philosophy can be summarized in one word: 
RESPECT.

Children learn respect for each other, for other people, for property as well as themselves. Conversely, teachers also respect the children, their various levels of development, their ideas about the world and how it works and their ability to practice those ideas.  Children learn to express their emotions through socially appropriate ways and to respect the feelings of others.

We strive to provide our children with life long skills that teach work ethics such as finishing what you start, organization, tidiness, classroom etiquette and the pride of work well done.  We recognize their strengths always encouraging continuous growth whether it is cognitive, physical, emotional or social.  Our goal is to help the children in our care reach their full potential cognitively, emotionally, physically and socially before kindergarten.

The academic area of our philosophy is based on the teaching methods and research of Dr. Maria Montessori and Reggio Emilia. 

Dr. Montessori believed that children's work is their play and their development is sequential and orderly.  Children go through specific stages of development from birth to six years called the “sensitive periods.”  At each stage the child is ready to absorb new learning where by his mind becomes “the absorbent mind.”  Through experience we, as teachers, recognize this “readiness” for learning and continuously help the children in building a foundation of skills, encouraging them to experiment with new material so that they can reach their fullest potential.  Montessori teaching principles and materials promote:

  • motivation and independence,
  • self confidence and trust,
  • respect and care for the environment and other people,
  • an appreciation of our world,
  • the joy of learning. 

The Reggio inspired approach values the “hundred languages of children.”  This theme-based, curriculum emerges from the children’s ideas, thoughts and observations.  Children identify what they want to learn depending on what captures their interests and imagination.  It is the teacher’s role to then inspire and “provoke” this learning.  The children learn by:

  • exploring the answers with their teacher,
  • researching for further information,
  • reflecting on the experience and forming conclusions,
  • expressing their feelings through various forms of art,
  • Documenting their work with photographs and sharing with their families.