Montessori Method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first
female physician in Italy in the 1900's. Montessori became the premier
educator of the 20th century. Today, many public schools are incorporating
her teaching methods into their curricula to improve student educational
outcomes. Recent brain research and early childhood learning research
suggests that Dr. Montessori was way ahead of her time.
Maria Montessori became
very interested in how children learn and discovered that children's
learning capabilities are specific to their developmental stage
of life. She observed that children have developmental periods in
which they are primed to learn different things. From birth through
six years is a very crucial time for young children when they use
sensorial instruments - sight, sound, smell and touch - to understand
the huge world that is before them.
Instead of the traditional methods
that included reciting and memorizing, she taught the children by
using concrete materials. Learning was no longer memorizing but
exploring, sensing, experiencing and discovering knowledge. Her
method simply channeled the children's natural curiosity and wonder
instead of working against it. She found that these methods were
far more effective than the traditional approach. The children learnt
faster because they chose activities of their own interest, utilized
all their senses in mastering them and, consequently, developed
confidence in their own ability to learn.
Our Philosophy is inspired
by Dr. Maria Montessori who created classroom model and the developmental
learning materials and we have adapted it into the needs for children
for 2008 and beyond. We believe that each child is a born leader
and that the full potential of each person is realized only through
an ordered, challenging, nurturing environment that meets the physical,
intellectual and spiritual need of the child. It is the role of
out school to observe, to know and to provide for the child as he
or she proceeds through the stages of development. We see in each
child the future of out society, of our nation and of our planet.
The child in the process
of fundamental development (ages 2 1/2 – 6) has unlimited
possibilities and the future relies on our ability to cultivate
these potentials. Our environment offers lessons in practical life,
sensorial language, math and cultural aspects: geography and science.
Coordination of movement and the development of a social community
further strengthen the child’s foundation. Through purposeful
work within our environment each child is able to develop as his
own person and to learn how to live within the community, part of
this development includes overall instruction and guidance in the
areas of grace and courtesy.
We offer extended care from 7:00
a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and also full school day from 9:00 a.m. until
3:00 p.m. and half day. We offer a Summer Camp with hours from 7:00
a.m. – 6:00 p.m.