Montessori Program Features:
- A prepared, orderly environment in which students have freedom to work on their own or in small groups.
- Self-correcting, sequenced learning materials which help the child develop a strong foundation in reading and mathematics skills.
- Development of self-discipline and independence built around respect for each other and the school environment.
- Parent sessions on the Montessori philosophy and methods, with a strong emphasis on how parents can support the program.
- Belief that learning is a life-long process. The importance of developing a love of learning is central to the Montessori Method of Education.
At Craig Montessori, fine arts and creative expression are incorporated with daily lessons at all development levels. Students work with shapes and colors, develop hand-eye coordination, practice penmanship and are encouraged to decorate and illustrate their written work. Arts exploration continues through eighth grade under the guidance of Craig Montessori’s teaching staff, community partners and talented parent volunteers, as well as our own art teacher.
The Montessori music curriculum includes theory, performance and music appreciation. Students have numerous opportunities for vocal music expression and performance in their classrooms and at special events throughout the year. MPS traveling music teachers also offer lessons in piano, violin, wind instruments, band and choir.
Human Growth and Development
The Human Growth and Development curriculum at Craig Montessori guides students to make healthy choices as they transition to new stages throughout their lives. Lessons equip students with the knowledge, values and skills to be responsible members of the community who respect personal decisions.
During their early years, children focus on healthy relationships, communication skills and appropriate emotional expressions. They also discuss cultural diversity, body image and violence in the media. As they progress in their elementary education, students learn about anatomy and what constitutes sexual abuse. Students are taught to protect themselves and encouraged to take advantage of community resources.
Upper elementary instruction features education regarding gender roles, puberty and reproduction. Students also discuss the basics of sexually transmitted diseases, abstinence and pregnancy prevention. As students mature during their adolescent years, they are provided in-depth information on topics introduced during their upper elementary years. At Craig Montessori, it is our hope that by the time each student graduates, he or she will have developed a personal standard for human behavior and healthy relationships based on their individual family, spiritual, social and educational experiences.
At Craig Montessori, children who receive Special Education services are included in regular classroom settings and receive specialized instruction in accordance with their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Related services are provided as needed. These may include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language services and further guidance by the school psychologist(s) and school social worker(s). Students who require Special Education are monitored for academic progress and taught skills and strategies that will support achievement in the regular education classroom.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
PBIS is a joint effort between Milwaukee Public Schools Office of Family Services and the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association to effectively reduce classroom disruptions and student suspensions through a school-wide systematic tiered-intervention approach. Data shows that schools that implement PBIS with fidelity see decreases in disruptions and suspensions and increases in student achievement.