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INNOVATION20implemented120yearsagoareworking.Researchshowsthatchildrenofthisageneedtomoveinordertolearn.Theyneedtomovemorethanjusttheirhandacrossasheetofpaper.Theyneedtomovetheirwholebodies.Youllseeinourclassroomthatchildrenmayhaveworksetupononesideoftheroombutthatthematerialstheyneedareontheothersideoftheroom.Wedothisonpurpose.Wewantthemmovingbecausethatlargemotormovementisactivatingtheirbrains.WeknowthisnowbasedoncurrentresearchbutMariaMontessorisimplyobservedthatchildrenwhoweremovingtheirentirebodiesgraspedconceptsmorequicklyandcompletely.ThematerialsinourclassroomsarealldesignedtoencouragemultiplemovementsstatesRobin.ThestudentsarealwayseithermovingthroughtheMyinteractionswithResourceBankemployeesarealwayspositivenomatterwhichbranchIvisit.Theextendeddrive-throughhoursareveryconvenientasarethemultiplelocations.ResourcetrulymakesbankingeasyforourschoolRobinBotheclassroomormakinglargemovementswiththearmandshoulderastheymanipulatethevariousobjects.Handlingtheseobjectsalsostrengthensthesmallmusclesofthehandandpreparesthemforwritinglateron.OnewaytodescribeMontessoriisasamultisensoryexperienceRobincontinues.Wearecomingatthechildrenineverywaytheycanpossiblylearn.Itmaybetactile.Itmaybeauditory.Itmaybevisual.Itsallinourclassroomforthemtoexperience.WhilemuchofwhatconstitutestheMontessorimethodmayseemlikecommonsenseeffectiveimplementationrequireshighlytrainedteachers.UnfortunatelysaysRobinthenameMontessoriisinthepublicdomainsoparentsneedtoscrutinizeaprogramcloselybeforeassumingtheyareenrollingtheirchildinacertiedMontessorischool.WearerecognizedbytheAmericanMontessoriSocietybecausewehaveafullsetofMontessorimaterialsandbecauseourleadteacherMelissaBeatyisfullycertied.OurassistantteacherMaryHakaisalsoatrainedandcertiedMontessoriteacher.Learningisseriousbusinessbutyouhavetostopandsmelltheflowers