Harborlight teachers uniquely implement authentic Montessori education (philosophy + curriculum). Our faculty writes and adapts their own original Montessori curriculum to the children in front of them each academic year. This offers children the support, time, space and need to explore who they are in their personal world and academic environment. This method includes giving space and time for the development of identity, learner pursuits, and how to engage as a member of the greater community with encouragement to pursue their passions and a commitment to bring about the best in others.
The weekly schedule and structure of the day for the middle schooler allows children ample time for deep thinking and complex work. Rather than switching rooms and switching between subjects during the day, long blocks of classroom work time are dedicated to subject specific content and blended with interspersed blocks of time for what we call ‘directed work’. Directed work supports student time to dive into their assignments directly after a class, ask for guidance from a peer or a teacher, concentrate on getting their work done, and leaves room in their day to get a jump on upcoming assignments, study-time. Most importantly, built into the daily schedule is time to reflect on and review their learning with a teacher, record their completed assignments, and re-organize their goals and calendar of activities and deadlines.
Middle School children are each in pursuit of their place in the world. They begin to form values, goals, and aspirations that will shape their future lives. Harborlight grounds them, guides them, and encourages them to be the persons they are becoming: independent, intelligent, capable, social, responsible, creative, and unique individuals.