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Our logo represents the philosophy that we maintain at UVMS. The child and its needs are at the core. Each of the blades represent a different aspect of the child’s life that support and propel the child towards growth. The blades are representative of the family unit, the community of children, the teacher, and the Montessori philosophy. These aspects of the child’s life work together to foster their holistic development.
The Child is in the process of becoming compassionate, confident, caring, responsible, productive, autonomous, a problem solver, accountable, independent, socially responsible, and intrinsically motivated.
The Family’s Role is to support the Montessori philosophy at home, to take initiative and actively participate in parent education, to commit to ongoing class observation, and to be an active member of the school community.
The Community’s Role is to build an environment based on respect and support for one another, to understand the unique role that each child plays in the community, and to create a sense of belonging.
The Teacher’s Role is to observe and follow the child in order to understand the child as a holistic person with individual needs, interests and potential. They also prepare the environment to be inviting, logical, practical, and flexible. They enable the child to choose their own work and they become the bridge between the materials and the child.
Montessori Education fosters the following principles: learning is a process with sensitive periods for specific learning, a discovery model of learning where children learn concepts from working with materials rather than just by direct instruction, children benefit from multiage environments, children need to have choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options, didactic materials have been designed by Maria Montessori to be self-corrective with specific indirect and direct preparations for learning, development of independence and interdependence is critical for the child’s development, freedom of movements is important for learning, and uninterrupted block of work time is equally as important.