Methodology Components

The SMARTT Applied Methodology is built on

Montessori

Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age- appropriate activities to guide the process.

A Montessori classroom integrates children of mixed ages. This promotes socialization, respect and solidarity among them naturally. The environment promotes the child's independence in the exploring and learning process. Freedom and self-discipline make possible that each child finds activities that respond to their evolutionary needs.

The Montessori teacher, called "directress", observes each child, his/her needs, capabilities and interests, and offers him/her opportunities to work intelligently and with a concrete purpose, to service the care of him/herself and of the small community in the classroom. The directress' final objective is to intervene the minimum possible as the child progresses in his/her development. The directress allows the child to act, want and think for him/herself, helping him/her to develop confidence and inner discipline.

The environment caters for the child as a whole, looking at each individual and their social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental wellbeing. Freedom is given within boundaries to develop the childs' independence. The environment also plays a major part in learning as materials entice students to try new things as well as help install a sense of order and pride in the school. Taking care of the environment both inside and outside is a part of our weekly routine, from feeding the fish to watering plants and cleaning the classroom, all activities that promote future independent children.

The Unschooled Approach

Unschooling is an educational method and philosophy that advocates learner-chosen activities as a primary means for learning. Unschooling students learn through their natural life experiences including play, household responsibilities, personal interests and curiosity, internships and work experience, travel, books, elective classes, family, mentors, and social interaction.

Unschooling encourages exploration of activities initiated by the children themselves, believing that the more personal learning is, the more meaningful, well-understood and therefore useful it is to the child. Supported and Assisted Self-directed education in a natural environment better equips a child to handle the "real world

The SMARTT™ Foundation Pillars of Learning

Words

Gradients

Application

Words are the cornerstone to understanding of any subject. When the words cannot be understood the child loses interest in that subject and can no longer effectively learn

When an individual tries to do something at a too high gradient they experience failure and no longer wish to engage in that activity. Ensuring that knowledge is gained at the correct gradient in an appropriate sequence for each child, ensures interest and ongoing engagement in any subject being learned

When a subject is only taught in the traditional way – the child is enforced into learning for memory. Interest based learning through enabling the child to touch and feel the subject being explored brings about application and drives continued interest

Ensures children learn at a pace that is correct for them

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