Maria Montessori referred to the early childhood years as the period of the ¡°absorbent mind¡±. Therefore, it is essential to help children develop Godly character and form the habits, skills, and attitudes that will lead to a lifetime of living and learning.
Now is the time for children to come to understand and experience the love and grace of God. Experiencing God¡¯s love through Jesus Christ is the beginning of our spiritual development.
Children have a deep sense of wonder, and it is here that we begin our studies with them in the areas of language, mathematics, science, geography, music, art, and everyday living. We believe in educating the whole child by meeting each child where he/she is developmentally. Busy Little Hands provide a program that meets each child¡¯s individual social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs.
¡°Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.¡± - Proverbs 22:6
The Multi-Age Classroom
Learning takes place naturally in this family-like setting. The focus is on Christian Character development and community life, giving children opportunities to work together cooperatively in a non-competitive setting. Children appreciate the sense of belonging they feel when they are a contributing factor to the group. In a multi-age classroom, children become sensitive to each other¡¯s needs, and help each other learn new skills. Younger children see possibilities for the future as they observe older children. Older children benefit by having opportunities to revisit activities and reinforce what they have already learned. Children are compared only with their own past accomplishments. These factors contribute to the emotional, social and intellectual growth of all the children.
¡°A friend loves at all times...¡± - Proverbs 17:17
Further Objectives for a Christian Montessori Education
- We believe God has spoken to us through His Word; therefore, Bible studies and prayer are a regular part of the curriculum.
- We believe God has revealed Himself to us fully through Jesus Christ; therefore, we prepare our children to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
- We believe God created us in His image; therefore, we respect the creative and unique qualities of each child.
- We believe God created us with intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual capacities; therefore, we view students holistically and developmentally ? nurturing and challenging the abilities of the whole child.
- We believe God created us with gifts and abilities; therefore, we seek to identify each child¡¯s learning style and strengths and adapt our program to meet individual needs.
- We believe God created the world in beauty and variety; therefore, we incorporate nature studies into our curriculum.
- We believe God has created our inmost beings, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made; therefore, we teach our children to care for themselves by way of exercise, proper nutrition, and using everyday living skills.