This past May our lower and upper elementary children put on our first ever opera, Pearl. This was a huge success and will certainly be the first of many future performances. Click on the title to see our complete performance on video.
We strongly encourage all families interested in the school to attend one of the frequent prospective parent coffee events. We ask that you please make childcare arrangements for all children other than very young infants in arm. Please sign up for one of the scheduled events by clicking on the desired dates or call us at 512-863-7920 to schedule a tour.
Community Montessori School – Educating the Whole Child Since 1981
Community Montessori School (CMS) is an incorporated, nonprofit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt school~
CMS was founded in 1981 by thirteen families. The school was founded for the purpose of giving parents an opportunity to assist in their children’s education, to relieve teachers from non-educational responsibilities through increased parent participation, and to provide the community with a quality, nondiscriminatory alternative to public education.
Recognizing that we live in a diverse and increasingly interconnected world, CMS strives to create a community that reflects and celebrates the full breadth of human diversity, including, but not limited to, differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, family structure, religious preference, national origin, or disability.
The Theory of Montessori Education
Montessori philosophy is based on the work of Maria Montessori, who, in the early 20th century, set about to educate children by meeting their developmental needs. Montessori’s experience showed her that children would educate themselves when placed in a beautiful and rich environment that would entice them to manipulate and explore. We call this the Prepared Environment. Through scientific observations she saw that when children are completely focused and learning most easily, they are active.
“Never give more to the eye than to the hand”, she wrote. From this understanding, Maria Montessori created sensorial materials that help the child comprehend the qualities of the universe: varying dimensions, shapes, colors, sounds, etc. She devised math materials to be counted: beads, bars, squares and cubes, among others, and language materials also calling to be touched: letters made of rough sandpaper to be traced, cutout letters to be used in writing. Similarly, she made materials for the active exploration of music, geography, botany, and geometry. The Montessori classrooms are overflowing with beautifully crafted exercises that call to the child and meet the inner needs of the child. The trained adults in the class are called “guides”, as they present lessons to the children, and then let the child take over the learning process.
Community Montessori School is a diverse partnership of parents, teachers and children; an independent non-profit school embracing Montessori principles to develop a child’s full potential and life-long love of learning. Our community strives to instill in each child a sense of duty and personal responsibility for the world in which we live.