Fri Oct 25th, 2019
On October 25, 1999, around 100 people joined together in the groundbreaking ceremony for what became the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy.
Even before the first shovel of dirt occurred, there were many months of planning and researching educational methods; looking for the one curriculum that would fit the idea of education fitting into the culture, not culture having to fit into education.
The Montessori Method became the curriculum which was to be used at school. Just by observing a Montessori school, you can feel the difference between it and a traditional type of school.
A Montessori classroom is made up of mixed age levels, typically with three different age groups. In this type of environment, children learn from each other and they learn because of each other. Younger children have role models to watch and learn from, while the older children get the opportunity to share their knowledge. The children learn to take responsibility for themselves and for each other. They learn to respect each other’s work and workspace and to treat each other with courtesy.
In short, the children build a community where they are treated with respect, dignity, and a sense of family.
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