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Sunrise Montessori

Welcome to Sunrise International Montessori School, with two locations in Burnsville and Minnetonka. We offer two programs, the Toddler Program for ages 16mos - 3yrs and Montessori Primary for ages 3 - 6. Please take some time to read through our site to learn more about our school and the Montessori methods, for more information contact us.

Our Mission:
Sunrise Montessori is an independent school in which each child is valued as unique and as an active agent in his/her educational process. Sunrise Montessori fosters independence, critical thinking, responsibility to self and others, and peaceful, appreciative stewardship of the earth.

 
 

Dr. Maria Montessori: The Absorbent Mind

“Free choice is one of the highest of all the mental processes. Only the child is deeply aware of his need for practice and for the development of his spiritual life, can really be said to choose freely… The child, whose attention has once been held by a chosen object, while he concentrates his whole self on the repetition of the exercise, is a delivered soul in the sense of the spiritual safety of which we speak."

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Our Philosophy:
A fundamental premise within the Montessori philosophy of education is that all children carry within themselves the person they will become. In order to develop their physical, intellectual, and spiritual potential to the fullest, the child must have freedom: a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline.

Dr. Montessori developed what she called the prepared environment, which already possesses a certain order and allows children to learn at their own speed, according to their own capacities, and in a non-competitive atmosphere. Generally, between 16 months and 6 years are the ages in which children are able to absorb much of what they will need to successfully adapt to their world most easily. These years can be constructively devoted to “socializing” children, and freeing them through the acquisition of grace and courtesies and habits which can be applied to their immediate world.

Dr. Montessori recognized that the only valid impulse to learning is the self-motivation of the child. Children move themselves toward learning. The teacher (“directress” or “guide”) prepares her/himself and the environment, directs the activity (gives presentations), and offers the child stimulation. However it is the child who makes the ultimate decisions. The child is an active agent in his own learning, who is motivated through work itself to persist in a given task. If Montessori children are free to learn, it is because they have acquired an “inner discipline” from their exposure to both physical and mental order. This is the heart of the Montessori philosophy: patterns of concentration and thoroughness established in early childhood produce a confident, competent learner in later years. The Montessori Method teaches children to observe, think, and judge. Montessori introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which intellectual and social discipline go hand-in-hand.

Role of The Montessori Director or Directress (“teacher”):
Dr. Montessori recognized that the only valid impulse to learning is the self-motivation of the child. Children move themselves toward learning.

The teacher (“directress”/“director”) gives presentations, prepares themselves and the environment. As the children are stimulated by the prepared Montessori environment the adults assist them in unlocking the mysteries of nature, language, geography, math, etc. But it is the child who is the active agent in his or her own learning, who is motivated through work itself to persist in a given task. If Montessori children are free to learn, they have acquired an “inner discipline” from their exposure to both physical and mental order.

This is at the heart of Montessori philosophy. Patterns of concentration and thoroughness, established in early childhood, produce a confident, competent learner in later years. Montessori Education teaches children to observe, to consider, to differentiate.

 

 


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