There is no elevator speech to explain a Montessori education. This research-based educational method is fundamentally and systemically different and was created to meet the needs of each uniquely different child. Though the Montessori method was created more than a century ago by Dr. Maria Montessori, it is a forward-thinking philosophy that adapts perfectly to what educational researchers are saying students need to thrive today. Dr. Montessori’s focus on critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving and time management are valuable skills for the 21st century workforce. The only needed adaptation to her method is technology.
Due to the fact that Montessori is so different from what most of us experienced growing up, parents have many questions on how it works. At Five Oaks Academy (FOA), a low student:teacher ratio allows each child to receive a customized education. Students learn using hands-on materials that give them a concrete understanding of complex concepts as well as addressing the many different learning styles of individual students. Children learn in a self-directed way and are able to make choices that are age appropriate and are within the framework and guidance of the teacher. The teachers know how to guide students in a way that provides support at the same time giving children problem solving opportunities. Students follow a rich curriculum that exceeds state standards in every academic area as well as a comprehensive related arts program. Students are encouraged to explore their own interests as well. FOA incorporates technology through the use of Compass Learning, Kahn Academy, Rosetta Stone and coding courses.
Five Oaks Academy is accredited through the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) and is the only Montessori school in the area that offers a cohesive program from toddler through eighth grade. The global community within Five Oaks Academy and its unique diversity, representing over 30 countries, gives students an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else. If you are considering a Montessori Education for your child, please call to schedule a tour of Five Oaks Academy.