Located in a charming building near the heart of Marble Falls, Tierra Vista Montessori School provides a schoolhouse environment rich in furnishings and materials carefully designed to foster emotional, physical, spiritual and cognitive learning.
Hands-on activities, both indoor and out, are central to our curriculum, and self-directed learning is the platform upon which your child will begin to blossom. Classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are encouraged to explore stimulating materials and respond with their natural drive to work and learn. Children motivate themselves to fantastic levels and inspire others as they discover their world through sensorial and practical experiences which allow them to keep building upon skills already mastered.
Multi-age groupings are a fundamental hallmark of Montessori education. By interacting with children of varying ages, a child learns to understand and respect his or her place in a community, which extends beyond students in the same “grade.” Younger members of the classroom learn from observing and interacting with older classmates; older members reinforce learning by providing examples to younger children. Multi-age classrooms also permit children to build special, longer-term relationships with teachers, which cultivates a sense of belonging to a learning community.
Practical life exercises are related to the home environment and encourage grace, courtesy, and care of self. Children practice such activities as cutting, polishing, sweeping, pouring, and washing a table with the purpose of developing greater concentration and attention to detail. Children learn the importance of finishing each task and putting away all the materials before moving on to another activity.
Our mathematic materials enable the child to understand the basic concepts of numbers, symbols, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These materials also introduce the child to more advanced concepts of clockwork, fractions and algebraic decimals.
Indirect preparation of language starts at a very early age. Basic skills in reading and writing are developed through the use of sandpaper letters, movable alphabets and many other materials which help the child read, write and understand how grammar is formed.
Sensorial materials help each child develop his/her senses by offering concrete experiences. The sensory materials we provide to our students isolate particular qualities such as shape, color, texture, size, sound, flavor and weight. We believe these materials are fundamental in engaging our students’ attention with hands-on work. These sensorial materials are largely self-correcting; therefore, our students can accomplish the exercises on their own and gain a greater understanding of the world around them.