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Trinity Montessori School experience promotes unique learning

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Students at Trinity Montessori School are developing an appeal to unique learning that challenges and develops concentration. We're in West Ashley for our Cool School of the week.

It's movement with a purpose at Trinity Montessori School in West Ashley. Head of School Melissa Fleck-Aller says, "Trinity Montessori School is an authentic Montessori school. We have a Christian component. We use the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, which is a Montessori approach to faith formation. We're Ecumenical. We accept students of all faiths and denominations, and we stay true to the curriculum of Montessori."

The school has nearly seventy students from three months to 12-years-old. Students are engaged in Montessori work, directing themselves, and moving with purpose from task to task.

During our visit to the CASA classroom, students age 3 to 6-years-old, three-year-old Leah Whipkey says, "I like to get lessons and work hard." Materials help facilitate learning. Students are encouraged to be self starters. Five--year-old Penny Galvan says, "I'm making an Asia map." Five--year-old Lucienne Perrine says, "I'm making a map of South America." When asked why she likes her school, Lucienne replies, "It's very cool. We can learn a lot of new stuff."

Montessori emphasizes the importance of children working with their hands. All the materials are made to promote unique learning, and challenge, and develop concentration. The focus of the classroom is on the students learning. Teacher Michelle Ellis says, "I absolutely love it. It's such a natural approach for children. It gives them the ability to explore things their excited about, and they're not told they can't learn it because they're not old enough yet, or it's not in their scope of curriculum. I can teach a child interested in numbers to go all the way to doing multiplication and division in my classroom." Each class has a three-hour, uninterrupted work cycle during which students can work without being disturbed. Ellis says, "I have children that don't want to go outside and play because they're so interested in our work they don't want to leave it, or they have such an intense desire to complete something that they continue the work once it's time to go outside. So it's pretty exciting to see that."

Students are free to make their own work choices, and move through the curriculum at their own pace. Third-grade-student Ellison Holland says,

"Since it's a Montessori school it's easier for me to move around, and go at my own pace, and pick out what work I would like to do if I've had a lesson on them and so it's much easier for me." Fifth grade student Trinity McManus says, "The teachers interact with you more." Fifth grade student Logan Murray says, "I'm very good at two subjects math and history. I think that working at our own pace is good. That allows us to take the time we need to do every other subjects." Five--year-old Penny Galvan says her school is cool, "because it's the best."

Students also have art, Mandarin Chinese, gardening, and P-E.

Trinity partners with a variety of vendors to offer on campus after school enrichment programs, including karate, dance, art, music, kindermusik, and soccer.

Coming up Friday on News 2 Today, we'll present Trinity Montessori with our Cool School award.

We want to hear about the good things going on at your school. send an email to octavia at omitchell@wcbd.com, maybe your school will be the next Cool School of the week.

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