Little Samaritan Montessori
Little Samaritan Montessori is an unusual sight in Jackson's Midtown neighborhood. In an area with high rates of vacancy and a declining population, Little Samaritan represents the future. The child-care center serves 62 children, from 6 weeks to 5 years old, with a special curriculum, and an experiential approach to education that emphasizes students' self-direction and self-growth, even at such an early stage. Established in 2003, Little Samaritan Montessori Center was founded on the principles that supports the development of the “whole child”. Little Samaritan utilizes the philosophy, methods and materials developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori method emphasizes the development of all facets of a child’s personality, altogether, in perfect harmony – intellectual, social, emotional and physical. The scientifically prepared environments contain a wide variety of materials from which a child may choose their appropriate learning tool. The teacher is deprived of the authoritarian status, moreover, the teacher fills the role of a facilitator in encouraging individual exploration, discovery, trial, practice and success. The Montessori curriculum includes five major components:
Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Geography & History.