Montessori Curriculum

The Montessori curriculum is an international curriculum that lays a strong academic foundation in all academic areas: mathematics, language, reading and writing, science, practical life, sensorial, geography and world culture, history, academic research, computer skills, Christian faith, and peace education, as well as foreign language studies in either French or Spanish. Our Messiah Montessori curriculum teaches “cursive handwriting” as an important skill to children beginning at the Early Childhood level (ages 4 and 5).

The Montessori curriculum is designed to meet or exceed state and national common core academic standards, while maintaining flexibility to engage the individual learning styles of each child. The Montessori curriculum in the early years (Toddlers through Elementary) is structured through comprehensive, sequential and systematic "hands on” learning materials that teach abstract concepts in a concrete, objective manner.

As the child gets into upper grades of middle school and beyond, the child develops into the phase of abstract thought. By that age, Montessori materials are no longer required because the child’s foundations of education are established in the concrete experiences of earlier years. The Montessori curriculum for secondary students at the middle school and high school levels advance in a Socratic, research-based curriculum reminiscent of environments of higher learning.  

Messiah Montessori curriculum offers Spanish and French Language Immersion options. Learning multiple languages at an early age gives our students great advantages in life. 

Dynamic leadership skills and social skills are practiced, along with development of classroom presentation skills and public speaking skills. The arts (art, music, drama) are part of student life at Messiah. Physical education and fitness is an important emphasis at Messiah. Our curriculum also includes Brain Gym® (an International movement-based program committed to the principle that moving with intention leads to optimal learning).

Solid moral foundations with positive Christian values and faith in God are emphasized as important in each student’s personal development, as well as in the life of our community.  

The Montessori curriculum is also a peace curriculum. Students are taught conflict resolution techniques from an early age, including learning the skills and the words necessary to negotiate their own peace settlements at the “peace table” located in the classroom. These skills are life skills that will be used by the children all through their lives. It teaches children to stand up for themselves in a skillful yet peaceful manner. 

We believe that these conflict resolution skills are valuable. It is important to practice conflict resolution in the school and student community. Conflicts are inevitable wherever children gather together. When conflicts do arise, we view these times as educational opportunities for students to learn how to resolve their differences. We help the students to learn how to be in peace together as a community, and to see the value of working through conflict to peaceful solutions. In the process, students have an opportunity to grow, change, and develop in character. The result is a peaceful campus conducive to a joyful learning environment. It is also a valuable skill that can be used in family, business, and social settings in life.