Our Montessori is...
The Children's House, for students ages 3-6
- These classrooms have 18 students in grades Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten and two teachers.
The Lower Elementary, for students ages 5-7 and 6-9 -- classrooms of grades K,1&2 or 1,2,&3
- Each of these rooms has a lead teacher and an assistant teacher or aide.
The Upper Elementary, for students ages 9-12, or classrooms of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders
The Middle School, for students ages 12-14, classrooms of 7th and 8th graders
Michele Cosmann (a 3-5 teacher) on how she sees this mantra in terms of BPMC:
When I first heard this I thought about how perfectly it fits in with our Montessori philosophy and education in general. I CAN and I WILL are in line with the growth mindset. I CHOOSE goes along with Montessori and the fact that we design and want children to choose work that meets their needs and moves them forward. I LOVE is what we want all children to do while they work: we want them to love what they are doing. I THRIVE doesn't really need much explanation, because when we do what we choose and love, we will thrive! I CREATE is what we want each child to do within a lesson, a day, a week, a month or an entire school year: we want them to create a pathway for themselves via educational experiences and to be creative in their thinking and doing. And last, but certainly not least, I ENJOY--because when we do all of the above, we enjoy our day, our lives, ourselves, our classrooms, the children, our school year and our experiences!