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A fundamental premise within the Montessori philosophy of education is that all children carry within themselves the person they will become. In order to develop their physical, intellectual, and spiritual potential to the fullest, the child must have freedom: a freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline.
Dr. Montessori developed what she called the prepared environment, which already possesses a certain order and allows children to learn at their own speed, according to their own capacities, and in a non-competitive atmosphere. Generally, between 16 months and 6 years are the ages in which children are able to absorb much of what they will need to successfully adapt to their world most easily. These years can be constructively devoted to “socializing” children, and freeing them through the acquisition of grace and courtesies and habits which can be applied to their immediate world.

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Toddler Program- Ages 16 Months - 3 Years  
  Toddler Environment:
The first few years of a child's life are crucial to their personality and intellectual development. Children need not only love, emotional nurture and a healthy physical environment, but also an environment that promotes their very real need to learn. The Montessori teaching method provides a basis for individualized learning activities, appropriate for even the earliest stages of a child's development. Children in our program flourish in prepared environments, which respect, support and respond to their basic needs for independence, exploration and the building of trust and self-esteem. The structure of the curriculum is based on five developmental areas: Sensory and Perception, Physical and Motor, Self-Help Skills, Language, Social and Emotional.

Sensory and Perception: The young child absorbs the world around him/her through five senses, and a rich environment should cater to the child's senses.

Physical and Motor: Along with the mind, both fine and gross motor skills develop rapidly from three months to three years. Attention to these needs supports balanced development. A young child's ability and movements are important to his/her environment involvement, and thus education.

Self-Help Skills: The focus is on helping the child attain and enjoy independence; each individual must learn to
self-educate. Ex.) washing hands, eating with a spoon and fork, and dressing/undressing.

Language: The construction of vocabulary is a part of every aspect of the classroom from snack time to manipulating a toy to group activities. Ex.) Encourage Toddler to talk more, work on having child ask for assistance rather than crying or whining, and Encourage toddlers to use manners.

  1. Care of Environment
  2. Development of Language Skills
  3. Movement
  4. Music
  5. Practical life activities
  6. Social Interaction

Montessori Primary- Ages 3-6 Years

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Children of this age possess what Dr. Montessori called the Absorbent Mind. The type of mind has the unique and transitory ability to absorb all aspects physical, mental, spiritual of the environment, without effort or fatigue. As an aid to the child's self-construction, individual work is encouraged. The following areas of activity cultivate the children's ability to express themselves and think with clarity.

Practical Life: While empowering children to care for themselves, for others, and for the environment, practical life exercises are instrumental in assisting children in developing habits of concentration and completing activities. The activities include many of the tasks children see as part of the daily life in their home washing and ironing, doing the dishes, arranging flowers, etc. Grace and courtesy presentations help children to understand the practice culturally appropriate social behaviors in a fun way (i.e. "How to Introduce Yourself"). Through these and other activities, children develop muscular coordination, enabling movement and the exploration of their surroundings. They learn to work at a task from beginning to end, and develop their will (defined by Dr. Montessori as the intelligent direction of movement), their self-discipline and their capacity for total concentration.

Sensorial: Sensorial Materials are tools for development, Children build cognitive efficacy, and learn to order and classify impressions. They do this by touching, seeing, tasting, listening, and exploring the physical properties of their environment through the mediation of specially- designed materials.

Language: Language is vital to human existence. The Montessori environment provides rich and precise language. "When the children come into the classroom at around three years of age, they are given in the simplest way possible the opportunity to enrich the language they have acquired during their small lifetime and to use it intelligently, with precision and beauty, becoming aware of its properties not by being taught, but by allowed to discover and explore these properties themselves. If not harassed, they will learn to write, and as a natural consequence to read, never remembering the day they could not write or read in the same way that they do not remember that once upon a time they could not walk." -Maria Montessori

Cultural Extensions: Geography, History, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Art and Music are presented as extensions of the sensorial and language activities. Children learn about other cultures past and present, and this allows their innate respect and love for their environment to flourish, creating a sense of solidarity with the global human family and its habitat. Experiences with nature in conjunction with the materials in the environment inspire a reverence for all life. History is presented to the children through literature, art and an intelligent music program.

Mathematics: The mathematics materials help the child learn and understand mathematical concepts by working with concrete materials. This work provides the child with solid underpinnings for traditional mathematical principles, providing a structured scope for abstract reasoning.

Montessori All Day Kindergarten Program
available at both locations.



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