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Making Children Sensitive to the Beauties of the World

Nobel Prize Laureate García Márquez, an early Montessori child in Colombia, died on April 17. In 2002, he published his autobiography Vivir Para Contarla. It deals with the years from his childhood—he was born in 1927—until the 1950s. The book includes a short passage on his time in a Montessori school.

From Living to Tell the Tale, Chapter 2 The consolation was that during this time the Montessori school had opened in Cataca, and its teachers stimulated the five senses by means of practical exercises, and taught singing. With the talent and beauty of the director, Rosa Elena Fergusson, studying was something as marvellous as the joy of being alive. I learned to appreciate my sense of smell, whose power of nostalgic evocation is overwhelming. And taste, which I refined to the point where I have had drinks that taste of window, old bread that tastes of trunk, infusions that taste of Mass. In theory it is difficult to comprehend subjective pleasures, but those who have experienced them will understand right away. I do not believe there is a method better than the Montessorian for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.

Corvallis Montessori School’s Young Children's Community - The Toddler House - will serve children who are comfortably walking (approximately age 15 months) to 3 yrs, in a small and intimate group of 8-12 children and 3-4 trained staff persons.

The toddler’s most important work - and the emphasis in the Toddler House - is the acquisition of language, along with the development and refinement of gross motor coordination. The Toddler House provides a nurturing environment for this growth to take place.

A "toddler" is a child in transition – a child with particular needs and abilities, which can best be aided through the Montessori toddler environment.

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The Primary classrooms are for children from 3 to 6 years. In a mixed-age environment, children spend three years in the same classroom getting to know each other and their teachers. There are 25 children per class. One Montessori teacher and one assistant guide aid the children in a rich array of activities.

Children must be completely potty-trained. The class is 5 mornings per week. Prospective parents may choose to enroll their child in our Half-Day Primary Program (8:30am - 11:30pm) or Full-Day Primary Program (8:30am - 3:00pm).

Extended care program for early mornings and after-school is offered on a space-available basis.

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The elementary program is for students from 6 to 12 years old. The elementary program builds upon the academic and social foundation provided in the primary program. Children's imaginative sparks develop as they are guided to deeper and broader explorations of the universe.

Each child follows a dynamic individualized curriculum which incorporates mathematics, physical sciences, geography & cultural studies, music, art, language, theatre & drama, physical education, spanish, and other fields of study.

Extended care program for early mornings and after-school is offered on a space-available basis.

For more information, click here