African Centered Education

An African Centered Education is a curriculum infused with appreciation of African ancestors contributions to the worlds civilization and culture. African-Centered Education (ACE) uses the common and diverse perspectives of peoples of African descent as the lens to explore, understand and critically assess academic subjects and enrichment. It is a child-centered, developmental approach that recognizes that all humans have their physical, social and intellectual origins in Africa. African-centeredness affirms universal principles of human rights and dignity for all peoples.

Seneca Village Montessori School’s foundation is built on the Nguzo Saba or the seven principles of Kwanzaa. We believe that the teaching of these principles and their message will help in the development of an Afrocentric value system for our students. Afrocentric values lead to Afrocentric goals, which lead to a new history for African people.

Why is it important?

Black students are currently exposed to many negative interpretations of what it means to be Black. The distinctive purpose of African Centered Education is to develop self-consciousness, self determination, positive self-concept, a sense of Africa as it applies to the upliftment of the community, and an understanding of Africa as it to applies to personal growth and development. It is the overall goal of African Centered Education to offset the pervasive educational challenges caused by cultural amnesia and self hatred.

  • The African centered school experience provides a sense of freedom and confidence.
  • The African centered learning experience fosters an intellectual maturity earlier in life than might otherwise have taken place.
  • Daily African centered interactions prepare students for global citizenships as they develop the skills to deal with all types of people with a clear awareness of “who I am and where I am from.”
  • ·African centered instructional models develop critical thinking skills and provide the tools for advanced synthesis, and research analysis.
  • ·The intellect and cognitive skills developed from African centered learning experiences translates through all things and throughout life.

Montessori Method

The ​Montessori method is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Montessori focuses on the whole child—her cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Montessori is designed to help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace. A classroom whose children have varying abilities is a community in which everyone learns from one another and everyone contributes. Moreover, multiage grouping allows each child to find his or her own pace without feeling “ahead” or “behind” in relation to peers. The Montessori method:​

  • Fosters the growth of functional independence, task persistence and self-regulation
  • Promotes social development through respectful, clear communication and safe, natural consequences
  • Contains a large variety of materials for the refinement of sensory perception and the development of literacy and mathematical understanding
  • Offers opportunities for imaginative exploration leading to confident, creative self-expression

According to Dr. Amos Wilson, the Montessori system “has been demonstrated to provide a viable approach to education of African American children. It can produce high levels of academic and cognitive achievements of children that have been exposed to the program. This is due to the fact that Montessori method achieves a good match between children’s cognitive capacity and the educational materials used by the program and the individually paces self correcting choices made by the children in interaction with their teachers.”

– Awakening the Natural Genius of the Black Child.

What does Montessori learning look like ?

In a Montessori environment, children learn by exploring and manipulating specially designed materials. Each material teaches one concept or skill at a time, and lays a foundation from which students can comprehend increasingly abstract ideas. Children work with materials at their own pace, repeating an exercise until it is mastered. The teacher may gently guide the process, but her goal is to inspire rather than instruct. Throughout the classroom, beautifully prepared, inviting curriculum areas contain a sequential array of lessons to be learned. As students work through the sequence, they build and expand on materials and lessons already mastered. And all the while they are developing qualities with which they’ll approach every future challenge: autonomy, creative thinking, and satisfaction in a job well done. Montessori classes place children in mixed age groups, forming communities in which the older children spontaneously share their knowledge with the younger ones.

Montessori Preschool vs. Traditional Preschool

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