Help Great Work Montessori purchase classroom materials!

For: Friends of GWMS
Lakewood, CO
Organizer: Chase Bongirno
Help Great Work Montessori purchase classroom materials! (Friends of GWMS)
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The Story

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We're adding two elementary classrooms to our program next year!  Montessori materials are intentionally designed from natural materials to appeal to children and to last, and this makes them expensive.  Help us ensure our new classrooms are fully stocked and ready for learning this fall!

At Great Work Montessori.....

Our Mission support every child in becoming a joyful and courageous agent of peace, builder of community, and creator of justice and beauty.

Our Vision accessible and diverse public school embodying the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) standards for Montessori education.
...a student body who respect themselves, others, and their environment.
...a community of young people who see themselves as citizens of the world and enter into society eager and prepared to contribute to a peaceful and harmonious future.
...a partnership between parents, educators, and community members working together to support children in recognizing their “Great Work.”

We Value…...Diversity: children from all backgrounds benefit from learning together.
...AMI Standards: dedication to the complete expression of the Montessori Method allows for development of the whole child. 
...Community Partnerships: the child is best served through a collaboration of parents, school and the greater community. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 17, 2018


Posted on May 17, 2018

Montessori Classrooms

To grasp the essence of Montessori education, just step inside a classroom. Beautiful, inviting, and thoughtfully arranged, the room embodies each element of Maria Montessori’s revolutionary approach.Natural lighting, soft colors, and uncluttered spaces set the stage for activity that is focused and calm. Learning materials are displayed on accessible shelves, fostering independence as students go about their work. Everything is where it is supposed to be, conveying a sense of harmony and order that both comforts and inspires.In this safe and empowering environment, students find joy in learning. 

Montessori Learning Materials

A hallmark of Montessori education is its hands-on approach to learning. Students work with specially designed materials, manipulating and investigating until they master the lesson inside.Beautifully crafted and begging to be touched, Montessori’s distinctive learning materials are displayed on open, easily accessible shelves. They are arranged (left to right, as we read in Western languages) in order of their sequence in the curriculum, from the simplest to the most complex.Each material teaches a single skill or concept at a time—for example, the various “dressing frames” help toddlers learn to button, zip, and tie; 3-dimensional grammar symbols help elementary students analyze sentence structure and style. And, built into many of the materials is a mechanism (“control of error”) for providing the student with some way of assessing her progress and correcting her mistakes, independent of the teacher.The concrete materials provide passages to abstraction, and introduce concepts that become increasingly complex. As students progress, the teacher replaces some materials with others, ensuring that the level of challenge continues to meets their needs. 

Posted on April 30, 2018


Posted on April 30, 2018

Montessori Materials

“Nothing goes into the mind that does not first go through the hands.” Dr. Maria Montessori

The Montessori materials, embody the learning curriculum and are designed to stimulate the child into logical thought and independent discovery. The Montessori teacher shows the child how to use the materials independently and the child engages with them, at their own pace and in accordance with their own needs and interests. In this way, the child experiences the learning curriculum in a highly personalized format.The Montessori materials are provocative, enticing and simple to use. However, beneath the beauty and simplicity, lies a deep intentionality. The Montessori materials in any given classroom, provide for sufficient independent learning and discovery to span three years of any individual child’s development.

The materials are each designed to meet one or more specific needs in the child, and every piece of material has been developed in the context of all the other materials. They are offered to the child in a sequence which promotes the gradual layering of learning and understanding. In addition, not only do the materials relate to all others in the classroom, but they also refer to the materials which the child has worked with an earlier classroom, and as well as referring to the materials they will see in the next Montessori classroom, when they are older.Each piece of material has what is known as a "control of error". If the child has done something incorrectly it will be self-evident. The geometric shape, for example, won't fit the hole; the water will spill on the table or the last label will not match the last picture. Being able to see his or her own mistake allows the child to work independently. 

Posted on April 23, 2018


Posted on April 23, 2018


Every teaching method sparks moments of learning. Then why is Montessori so different? The difference is the method itself. The mind of a child is like a sponge—absorbing everything, always at the ready to learn something new. The primary goal of Montessori education? To help children reach their full potential.Imagine a school…where education is viewed not just as a means to an end, but as an aid to life; where the method for learning comes not from a curriculum, but from the natural development of your child; a place where creativity, innovation, and individuality are valued as much as concentration, motivation, and persistence; where your child is not just a student, but also a teacher.As a student in an AMI-recognized school, your child will be laying the foundation for every future educational experience, and something even more important: the foundation for a happy and meaningful life. Regardless of age, ability, or economics, an AMI-Montessori education is right for your child.

AMI-Montessori Students are…

  • Joyful, self-motivated, enthusiastic learners
  • Better socialized and able to solve their conflicts
  • Fluent readers who are also able to understand mathematical concepts
  • In possession of natural self-esteem
  • Courteous, compassionate, and respectful in their interactions

Why it Works...

These key principles contribute to the success of Montessori education:

  • Movement and learning are closely connected; movement enhances learning.
  • Placing children in mixed age groups, corresponding to planes of development, allows them to relate to children who are both older and younger.
  • Observation of the child reveals the proper timing for presentation of new information and experiences.
  • Attending to sensitive periods of development guides the choice of classroom activities in which a child will be engaged.
  • The classroom experience should build on the desire of the young child to master his or her environment.
  • The use of self-correcting materials allows children to manipulate and explore at their own pace.

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