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for parents By Pamela Llano

Experiential Learning

The Montessori Method in the North State


Oak Run Elementary School Montessori instructor Cristan Norman shows Julianna Schmidt, age 8, how a large bead frame works.

r. Maria Montessori was an Italian scientist, physician and educator in the early 1900’s. Her philosophy considers children as individuals with unique gifts to be unfolded rather than as blank slates. Her revolutionary ideas changed the way children, schools and education were viewed in many parts of the world. The Montessori Method allows children to follow their interests and work at their own pace, using learning mate-

rials that are hands-on and sensory, designed for purposeful activities that engage children in learning experiences. From attending an all-male engineering school at the age of 13 to becoming one of the first female doctors in Italy, Montessori was a woman ahead of her time. She began working with special needs children in an era that assumed many were not able to learn. Using scientific methods of observation, Montessori developed learning materials that

fostered the children’s natural drive and instincts, and they began to grow and thrive in the environment she created. Realizing that these methods could work to improve education for all children, Montessori incorporated her ideas into teacher training programs and created schools, curricula and materials that are now used worldwide. Michelle Yezbick, director of Sherwood Montessori in Chico, says that while Maria Montessori didn’t set 26




Chico Montessori Children’s House Director: Sarah Livingston Preschool, ages 3-5 Open House, April 30th, 9:30-11:30am 814 Glenn St., Chico (530) 342-5518 Lic# 0454406630

French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary Director: Moira Casey Transitioning to full Montessori curriculum TK–8th grade public school Open House, May 5th, 6-7:30 pm 11442 Cline Gulch Rd., French Gulch (530) 359-2151

Sunny Garden Montessori Director: Kristy Cowell Drop-in parent-participation environment for ages infant–5yrs Themed activities Mon-Fri; Music Together classes Tue/Sat. 2801 Godman Ave., Chico (530) 343-3101

Montessori Children’s House of Shady Oaks Director: Tom Kaut Private learning environment for ages infant, toddler, preschool thru kindergarten Come observe our classrooms 1410 Victor Ave., Redding (530) 222-0355 Lic# 455405949

Oak Run Elementary School Director: Cristan Norman Public Montessori School PreK-8th grade Come observe our classrooms Thursday mornings. Call for details 27635 Oak Run to Fern Rd., Oak Run (530) 472-3241 Redding Montessori Administrator: Michael Van Tinteren Grades 1-6, (PreschoolKindergarten starting 8/2016) Classroom observation by appointment 2315 Placer St., Redding (530) 941-9183

Each school is individually operated.

Sherwood Montessori Director: Michelle Yezbick TK-8th grade, public charter school Sherwoodstock Music Fest May 14th, 4-8pm 746 Moss Ave., Chico (530) 345-6600

Shasta Elementary Director: Heidi Gerig Free Montessori Tk-8th, affordable preschool available Open House, March 22nd 10446 Red Bluff Rd., Shasta (530) 243-1110

“The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.” ~Maria Montessori Please say you saw it in North State Parent magazine. This helps us grow! • February 2016


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