Montessori at Athena
At Athena, we also incorporate art and art history, gardening, music, foreign language instruction, and physical education for all students. The carefully crafted, self-correcting materials in the prepared environment are designed to help the child develop concentration, self-direction, independence, and a love of learning.
We encourage you to review articles demonstrating successful outcomes of Montessori that can be found on our Parent Resources page.
While we at Athena are committed to honoring the core of Montessori philosophy, curriculum, use of materials, and teacher training, we will also always be curious about what else informs us on how to best educate, stimulate, inspire, and nurture the minds of the young child. We believe that if Dr. Maria Montessori were alive today she would continue to develop and evolve her program and curriculum based on current observations and modern research, especially in the areas of neuropsychology, gender studies, sports education, sensory-integration processing, motor planning, and emotional intelligence. We believe that Montessori would approve, encourage, and celebrate our thinking outside the box in search of best practices for serving the child, as long as our focus continues to “follow the child”.
We understand that it is essential to work closely with parents to best support the children in the community. We offer training, workshops, and resources for our parent community and make ourselves available for questions, conferences, meetings, and observations. We know that the more educated our parents are about what we are doing in the classroom, our approach, our language, our redirection techniques, and our insights into the children, the more successful we will be in reaching our goals for the children—socially, emotionally, and academically. We encourage you to stay tuned to our Parent Resources page as we update it regularly with articles, book recommendations, and resources for counseling, occupational therapy and parent coaching.