EXPERIENTIAL

While Ivy Montessori Academy follows traditional Montessori concepts; we have developed the PIRM methodology to also provide modern experiential curriculum to your children. PIRM stands for Presentation by Mentors, Implementation by children and Reinforcement by review which leads to Mastery of concept.

STEM Education – STEM is an acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. It is our endeavor to ensure that your children are introduced the modern/contemporary concepts right from the beginning

Science Experiments – The benefits of learning is incomplete without implementation. Ivy Montessori Academy encourages science experiments by allowing the children to follow the PIRM approach and gain understanding of how and whys of the experiment

Robotics – A very innovative and evolving concept. Introducing the children to robotics kits not limited to simple structures or motors but more advanced and sophisticated kits which employ a multitude of sensors and motors of children. At Ivy Montessori Academy we are making constant efforts to bring emerging science to your kid s

The Reggio Emilia Project Approach – A project is an in-depth investigation of a topic worth learning more about and is undertaken by the whole class. The key feature of a project is that it is a research effort deliberately focused on finding answers to questions about a topic that is decided by the children with the goal being to learn more about the topic than to just to seek right answers. This provides a great learning opportunity for children for new discoveries and in-depth learning on the topic. The teacher assesses the knowledge about the topic at the beginning and again at the end of the project to determine the level of learning during the project. A photo-journal provides the parents a visual of the project stage

KEY OBSERVATIONS

MONTESSORI

TRADITIONAL PRESCHOOL

Emphasis

Cognitive and Social development

Only social development

Role of Teacher

Unobtrusive, Self-Discipline, Individual Instruction

Reinforces discipline, Center of Classroom, Group & Individual Instruction

Grouping

Mixed Age, Learn from each other

Same age group, Tell teaching

Learning

Chosen by Children, Discovers own concepts, Self-teaching

Teacher led, Based on strict curriculum, Guided concepts

Duration

Child sets his own pace, Can work as long as needed, spots own feedback from materials,

Structured and allotted specific time, Pace set on group norm, errors pointed by Teachers

Reinforcement

Self and provides a sense of success

Teachers through repetition on rewards

Material

Multi-sensory, Gross Motor, Organized program

Fewer materials

Parental Involvement

Organized programs to understand the Montessori philosophy

Voluntary participation