“Education is the process of unfolding what has been given the child at birth” — Maria Montessori
Montessori is a hands-on approach to learning. It encourages children to develop their observation skills through activities that use the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and gross motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.
Published studies have shown that Montessori students excel not only in traditional academic areas such as language and math, but also in social skills. They performed better on standardized tests of reading and math, engaged more in positive interaction on the playground, and showed advanced social cognition and executive control. Because Montessori philosophy is one of cooperation and peaceful resolution of conflict, students also typically showed more concern for fairness and justice.
Montessori children educated through the elementary and middle school level wrote more creative essays with more complex sentence structures, selected more positive responses to social dilemmas, and reported feeling a better sense of community at their school.
Racine Montessori School provides the traditional Montessori educational experience beginning in preschool and advancing through middle school. RMS is currently the only Montessori school in the Racine/Kenosha area to offer a middle school program. Our classes are divided into four levels, Children’s House for preschool through kindergarten, Lower Elementary for grades one through three, Upper Elementary for grades four through six and Adolescent for grades seven and eight. Having a variety of ages in each classroom provides the opportunity for students to engage in cooperative learning and mentoring.
In addition to traditional Montessori lessons, RMS students have weekly lessons with specialists in Art, Music, Spanish and French. Our upper level students regularly work with students and faculty from Carthage College in the field of environmental science and RMS students have been part of the Jason project, as well as NASA’s Mission to Mars project