Silver Spruce is rooted in the child-centered philosophy, which fosters academic excellence, personal growth, and cultural awareness while nurturing children's spirits. We provide the tools and experience students need to blossom into confident, independent, and compassionate life-long learners as they embark on rich, meaningful journeys as responsible citizens of this world.
Our Learning Goals

Throughout a child's time at Silver Spruce we strive to instill these qualities which will serve them well far beyond their early school days.

01

Independence

As Montessori teachers our goal is to honor and encourage independence in each and every child. A Montessori approach is a means whereby children might develop their personalities so as to eventually achieve a mature and independent adulthood. The Montessori teacher considers her role to be a guide or directress, acknowledging that it is the child’s work to develop. We prepare the environment so the child can master movements and become functionally independent—she can meet her own needs.

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02

Concentration

The first essential for the child's development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy! There is very little learning, if any, without concentration. Concentrating is a precursor for both learning something new and developing self-control. We all know that success in school and in life depends on developing this ability and it’s encouraging to see modern psychologists and educators recognize this is a fundamental skill to address in school. It has been central to the Montessori Method since its inception by Maria Montessori.

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03

Kindness

Social-Emotional growth is as important as academic success, perhaps more so. A person's ability to recognize and control their own feelings, as well a stop, read, and respond to the feelings of others plays a great part in determining their later success. Caring relationships with both people and animals are important factors in childhood development.  Such relationships foster self-confidence, responsibility, empathy, social skills, problem solving skills and a healthy respect for life, to name a few.

 

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04

Curiosity

 

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that teachers should focus on the child as a person, not on a the daily lesson plan. Montessori teachers lead children to ask questions, think for themselves, explore, investigate, and discover. Their ultimate objective is to help their students to learn independently and retain the curiosity, creativity, and intelligence with which they were born. Within a safe and empowering community, Montessori children learn at the deepest possible level to believe in themselves. In an atmosphere of independence within community and personal empowerment, they never lose their sense of curiosity and innate ability to learn and discover. Confident in themselves, they open up to the world around them and find that mistakes are not something to be feared; instead, they represent endless opportunities to learn from experience.

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05

Love of Learning

 

The biggest long-term impact seen is that Montessorians remain perpetually curious about the people and the world around them, seeing learning as an enjoyable life-long process rather than a burden that ends when a school bell rings.

This particular benefit can stay with children their entire lives and become a propelling force through secondary education, a career, job training—or even just in the experiences they have and the people they encounter. They will have a desire and an ability to connect with a variety of people and ideas in many different situations and contexts.