Polly Christensen, Directress of SFM, was interviewed by
Dave Palmer of Catholic Radio recently about the importance of Montessori.
Don't miss this great interview.
St. Francis Montessori offers individualized learning for children 2 1/2 through 6 years old in an enriching and nurturing environment. The environment is structured to provide as many learning opportunities to the children as possible. St. Francis Montessori encourages learning through exploration on the child's own terms.
The St. Francis Montessori Mission:
The mission of St. Francis Montessori is to educate children in accordance with the teaching and principles of Maria Montessori, upholding the standards of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori program of religious formation, is integral to Montessori education at St. Francis.
At the heart of our work is the task of awakening each child’s natural wonder, from which flows a deep and lasting desire for learning and growth, together with compassion, self-reliance, and other human virtues. In this context, too, we nurture the child’s relationship with God, fostering the religious values of joy and contemplation.
Our guides and assistants prepare an environment that is responsive to the child’s needs at each stage of development. They guide and encourage the development of the whole child—spiritual, social, intellectual, emotional, and physical—by teaching the children to work freely and whole-heartedly in the context of a supportive community.
Finally, we strive to create a strong and joyful school community among our children, staff, families and directors, thus promoting stewardship and a partnership with parents for the benefit of each child.
Pictures by Karla Hester