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BY JESSICA Head of Sch
 Here at Battle Creek Montessori Academy, we offer a fun and creative way of learning that allows your child to learn and grow in the way that works best for
them. We are a team of encouragers who want to see everyone succeed and reach their fullest potential. When children
feel included they become stronger learners. Our school features mixed-age classrooms so that our students can work together to learn from one another. Our younger students look to older students for help, which in turn allows the older student to use their knowledge and confi- dence to teach and reinforce the lesson.
It LOOKS different.
Our building is not made up of traditional classrooms with four walls,
which might sound odd at first. Instead, we have an open workspace that allows children to move freely from area to area. In our classrooms, you will see self-motivated, curious children moving from table work to rug work, from letter sound sequencing to math manipula- tives. Our multi-age classrooms are lead by state and Montessori certified teach- ers that guide students through long blocks of uninterrupted work time. The Montessori method allows for individu- alized learning within the classroom.
It SOUNDS different.
One of the first comments we hear from visitors is how peaceful and quiet it is here, even in a building full of children using hands-on materials in multi-aged classrooms. Play and move- ment is human nature. So why would we restrict our students to desks all day long? The Montessori Method believes that students learn best when they have
some creative freedom. This means we encourage our students to choose the workspace that best aids in learning, whether it be on the floor, at a table, or in a beanbag. And believe it or not, our students maintain a very low noise level all while working and learning together.
It just FEELS different.
Montessori – A Team of Encouragers
 We provide a level of rigor that most public schools don’t. Our Montessori education style allows students to move ahead whenever they are ready, which allows our students to excel in their education. We get asked a lot, “What do Montessori teachers do since they don’t stand in front of the class and teach?” Our teachers act as guides and assistants to our students. Each day, our class- rooms start with lessons and then have blocks of uninterrupted work time. This time allows them to dive into that day’s work – at their own pace.
Our school family is just that. We look out for one another, we challenge each other to grow, and we respect one another. There’s a certain level of famil- iarity and friendship here that you won’t find in another school setting.
We have a nature path behind the school that allows our students to explore a variety of ecosystems with the supervision of a teacher or assistant. Our greenhouse and garden boxes offer the exploration of living organisms
like plants and critters. Often times, classes will walk down to the nearby playground and pond for a fun change of scenery. There are limitless opportu- nities for kids to get out, explore, and MOVE their bodies here at BCMA.
Have you considered this unique style for your child? Watch their creativity blossom as they lead their own learning. Listen as they explain how they’re comprehending math for the first time. Feel the difference in their excitement about school and their subjects. Join us this fall for another successful year serving the students of Battle Creek and the surrounding areas. We still have a few spots available in our kindergarten through eighth-grade program.

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