From your visit to our site, we know you are an individual looking for something special for a child’s education, and that you are giving careful consideration to the Montessori method.
Established in 1981, Covered Bridge Montessori School offers educational programs for children ages 14 months to 9 years in Atlanta, Mableton, Vinings, Austell, Powder Springs and surrounding areas. The staff and faculty are committed to academic excellence in a nurturing environment, and a dedication to academic and social growth is a priority.
Think of Covered Bridge Montessori School as a child’s home away from home, where we assist every child in discovering his or her talents and encourage all students to reach their full potential. CBMS students are well on their way to becoming life long learners!
What is Montessori?
The Montessori method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori was the first woman doctor to graduate from medical school in Italy in 1896, but unfortunately was born into a time when progressive ideas were not easily accepted nor adapted into mainstream thinking…particularly if those ideas came from a woman.
Through years of study, observation and practice, Dr. Montessori discovered much about the natural process of how a child learns, and concluded that children teach themselves with the gentle assistance of a trained teacher and guide. This simple but profound truth inspired Dr. Montessori’s lifelong pursuit of educational reform and prompted changes in methodology and teacher training – all based on her passion and dedication to furthering the self-creative process in the child.
A Montessori classroom is prepared with learning materials designed to enhance the five senses and help build intelligence. Children have the opportunity to explore, discover, engage and investigate their world. They are allowed freedom, and learn responsibility by exploring in a well thought out prepared classroom environment. Children visualize abstract concepts with ‘hands-on’ manipulative materials. A large collection of appropriately designed materials support learning in practical life, sensorial, math, language, geography, botany, zoology and much, much more. Attractive classroom materials draw a child’s attention to activities that, in and of themselves teach a lesson or open a door to a new level of learning. The materials and equipment are specially designed for Montessori classrooms, multi-functional, and are size, age and skill appropriate.
The approach to Montessori education is as individual as each child. This method addresses each child academically, emotionally, physically and mentally, allowing and encouraging development to its fullest potential. A primary goal of the Montessori program is to build a strong foundation fostering a love of learning.
Today, the Montessori method is no longer considered an ‘alternative’ form of education. With over 100 years of history, the success of the Montessori method is indisputable. Montessori schools thrive throughout the world and are highly sought after for children (and families) looking for a program that teaches children not just what to learn…but HOW to learn. Open the door today, and discover the potential!