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2 Agenda Overview and Information - 10 min The Montessori Learning Environment - 20min Questions - 10min Facility Walk-Thru and Tour - 20 min

3 Our Staff William AndersonPrincipal Jessica BahrTeaching Assistant Upper Ele Tyler BurmeisterBand Sarah CrabtreeMusic Tierra DiCarloChildrens House Suzanne GraberMusic Kathryn HartungWorld Language Shannon KobinskyChildrens House Melissa LangPhy Ed Char MurphyAdministrative Assistant Jenny LeighArt Linda OBrienTeaching Assistant Lower Ele Tracy RaaschUpper Elementary Margaret SezemskyLower Elementary Haley StozekOrchestra Erica TomeTA Childrens House (JK & SK) Kristee Yardly-Catlett TA Childrens House (JK & SK)

4 Background Wauwatosa Montessori School is built upon the educational legacy of Dr. Maria Montessori, which began more than 100 years ago. Dr. Montessori was the first female physician to graduate from the University of Rome Medical School. In 1907, Dr. Montessori discerned a fundamental premise about children – all children are uniquely intelligent. This was a unique concept for this time and continues to be innovative.

5 More Recent Research Piaget, Gardner, Goleman and many other current educational theorist validate this premise. Dr. Montessoris focus on the whole child moves away from the traditional adult- centered classroom to an environment and methodology that is designed to facilitate the development of the childs independence and sense of personal empowerment.

6 Our Goal To provide children with an authentic Montessori education that will foster a love of learning, self-confidence, personal creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Our academic program will assist children in discovering their true potential through the nurturing of their intelligence and creativity. You are giving your children an outstanding preparation for middle school, high school, college and life.

7 Our Journey - 2011 Wauwatosa Montessori School opened its doors September 2011. Student population of 63 students. 3 teachers, 3 teacher assistants 3 classrooms and Multi-purpose room – One section of Childrens House – One section of Lower Elementary – One section of Upper Elementary Kitchen – not staffed

8 Our Journey - 2012 Student population of 87 students. 3.5 teachers, 4 teacher assistants, 1 administrator and 1 administrative assistant. 3 classrooms and multi-purpose room – Two section of Childrens House – One section of Lower Elementary – One section of Upper Elementary New childrens house classroom Art/World Language classroom New gym

9 2012 continued New main office Kitchen – Staffed Front lobby and entryway New signage Outside landscape upgrades along building Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Cub Scout Pack 111 STEM club (students and parents) Communication and webpage improvements Parent education opportunities (Book Club)

10 2013-14 School Year Add second classroom of lower elementary Classroom expansion – need parent input Breitlow Field up-grades Weather Station – WeatherBug Network Gardens ……. Outdoor main entrance – murals Before & After school program Wednesday afternoon program Rec Programming (2:20pm – 3:20pm)

11 Enrollment/Application Lottery – Sibling Preference – Prior Montessori Experience (4K and Beyond) Application Window – February 4-22 nd Lottery drawing on March 1 st. – Applications can be turned in Student Services, Our office, or home school main office. You must be a current Wauwatosa resident or currently enrolled in the District Info and applications are located on our web page @ montessori/montessori_enrollment.cfm#d258893 montessori/montessori_enrollment.cfm#d258893


13 Welcome to Wauwatosa Montessori School! Wauwatosa is a leader in Public Montessori education We have both a Childrens House and an Elementary Training Institute here in Milwaukee

14 Maria Montessori 1870-1952 Born in Italy Italys 1 st female medical doctor Began her teaching career by working with children with disabilities Approached education using the Scientific Method


16 Montessori philosophy used to instruct children

17 Sensitive Periods Language Order Refinement of the senses Social behavior Movement

18 Montessori discovered all children go through Sensitive Periods in which they can learn concepts with virtually no effort. Observation

19 Language

20 Order

21 Refinement of the Senses

22 Social Behavior

23 Movement

24 Areas of Childrens House Practical Life Sensorial Language Math Culture

25 Practical Life Children gain skills that are essential for Independence : Concentration Coordination Control of Movement Independence

26 Concentration

27 Coordination

28 Control Of Movement

29 Independence

30 The Prepared Environment Fosters Independence

31 Practical Life also teaches and encourages: Care of Self Care of Others Care of the Environment

32 Care of Self

33 Care of Others

34 Care of Environment

35 Sensorial Sensorial helps the child to order & classify, as well as refine the senses.

36 Sensorial Materials Pink TowerBrown Stair

37 Sensorial Materials Color TabletsBotany Cabinets

38 Sensorial Materials Constructive Triangles

39 Language Language allows us to interact, communicate, contribute and relate to one another. Language in Childrens House consists of Spoken Language, Writing, and Reading.

40 Metal Insets

41 Sandpaper Letters

42 Moveable Alphabet

43 Map Making

44 Writing

45 Reading

46 Language Cursive Practice in sandReading in the Library

47 Mathematics The Mathematics in Childrens House involve both the hand and the mind. Montessori realized that it is essential for the child to have orderly sensorial impressions; repeated concrete experiences are the basis of mathematical concepts.

48 Mathematics

49 Number Rods

50 Mathematics Cards and Counters Formation of numbers with beads and cards

51 Stamp Game

52 Linear Counting Short Chain Long Chain

53 Snake Game

54 Mathematics Strip BoardAddition Practice Chart

55 Small Bead Frame

56 Scientific research has shown that: Cognition is optimized when movement is consistent with thinking. We learn best when we are interested in what we are learning about. Extrinsic rewards reduce motivation and level of performance once the rewards are removed. People thrive when they feel a sense of choice and control. We learn best when our learning is situated in meaningful contexts. Children can learn very well from and with peers; after age 6, children respond well to collaborative learning situations.

57 Famous Montessori Advocates Jean Piaget: noted Swiss psychologist and head of the Swiss Montessori Society Erik Erikson: noted anthropologist, author and trained Montessori teacher Thomas Edison: scientist, inventor and founder of a Montessori school Mister Rogers: childrens television personality and strong supporter of Montessori education

58 Famous Montessori Graduates Lary Page & Sergey Brin: Founders of Google Jeff Bezos: Founder & CEO of Jimmy Wales: Founder of Wikipedia Will Wright: Creator of The Sims video game Anne Frank (deceased), famous diarist from WWII Julia Child: Chef & author

59 Suggested Reading:

60 Contact Information: Bill Anderson 414-773-3300

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