Montessori School Oakhurst, NJ
Families who choose a Montessori education value freedom, critical thinking and self-discipline. Monmouth Montessori near Oakhurst nurtures these values by offering a prepared environment that fosters independent, purposeful work at each student’s personal pace. Maria Montessori said, “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” Here, there are hands-on activities and open-ended projects instead of textbooks, grades and tests. Rather than instructing through lecture, teachers assess based upon their observations of the students and tend to fade back as students explore a subject kinesthetically. Students are free to steer their own course and expand their understanding of the world by following their curiosity.
Freedom of choice does not mean lack of structure. The classroom is organized into five disciplines: Practical Life teaches students self-care such as buttons and zips and community care such as cleaning and food preparation. Sensorial activities explore the world through the senses. Language encompasses sounds and shapes as well as reading and writing. Mathematics starts with hands-on quantitative activities and evolves into abstract calculation. Geography and Culture studies global traditions, food arts, and cultures to help students realize their interdependence in the world community.
Monmouth Montessori near Oakhurst is an AMS-member school with air-conditioned, multi-age classrooms, a playground and pool. Teachers and students are able to have a one-on-one partnership in our school so that each student can pursue their own path and have a teacher to guide them where needed. In addition to individual academics, our students study foreign language, yoga, art and music as a class. Most importantly, we require everyone in our community to treat one another with grace and courtesy. We believe that a civil society and peaceful world begin with the individual and we value exploration of ethics and character development.