Ferndale Bilingual Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten

We were pleased with the curriculum and structured, yet fun learning environment. Our son looked forward to going to school each morning." -Rod and Holly Blaine (Parents)


Who is Maria Montessori?

Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870 and became the first female doctor in Italy's history. Doctor Montessori is also one of the great pio­neers in the study of child development who lectured at Rome University and was instrumental in establishing a foundation for the art or profes­sion of teaching. Originally Dr. Montessori's early childhood focus concentrated on children who were either mentally challenged or were from poor socio-economic backgrounds. Through years of observation and experimentation with a wide range of learning materials in her education environment, Maria Montessori was able to formulate her unique approach to learning.

How well known is the Montessori Education System?

During her tenure as an educator Dr. Montessori wrote more than  a dozen textbooks on education that conveyed different aspects of her theory and practice. Today there are Montessori schools established in more than fifty countries around the world. In the United States there is a renewed interest in this sensible, structured environment that will allow your child to develop at his or her own pace with the guidance of a trained Montessori directress using specially designed materials that will develop your child's motor skills and stimulate intellectual growth. 

What is the aim of the Montessori Education System?

The aim of the Montessori education system is to assist the child in his or her natural development so that he or she will become a well balanced, spontaneous child able to utilize natural capabili­ties to the fullest. Some of the goals that the Montessori programs seek to achieve for your child are:

Thirst for knowledge and learning and self discipline
Sense of personal dignity
Self confidence and greater self esteem

Love of order

The Montessori method of learning then will aid your child to develop to their fullest potential so he or she ultimately becomes well adjusted and self-sufficient as he or she develops through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. 

What is the philosophy behind Montessori?

It is well known throughout the world that the early years of your child's life are the most important years for learning. Montessori called this formative time the "sensitive period", From birth to the age of six children develop and learn more than during any other period of their lives. Montessori ac­knowledges that a young child's development and learning capacity is much different from that of adults. For example:

If we think of ourselves as adults learning a new language it is easy to recognize how difficult and complex of an experience this may be. Learning a new language or understanding a new task as an adult requires extended concen­tration, a well-developed memory and good un­derstanding of grammar and logic. 
For the young child learning a new language or understanding a new task is not as difficult. Often as parents we believe that our child may seem to have a short attention span and at times makes little sense, but it is more important to understand that your child is able to absorb new learning material such as language and complete new tasks easier and with less effort than that of adults if the new material introduced to your child is age appropriate.

Dr. Montessori called this unique early learning experience the young child's "absorbent mind."

Why is the Montessori environment more rewarding for your child?

One of the fundamental concepts proposed by Dr. Montessori is "order," which permeates the Montessori classroom. All the learning materials are within your child's reach and the furnishings are sized and arranged so that they are easily accessible for your child: "A place for everything and everything in its place." 
Each object has a special location and position on child size open shelves. Children thus learn the habit of returning their work to its assigned space when they completed that specific task. 

Your children will teach themselves "success" by mastering various Montessori materials that stimulate the senses and are self correcting.

Success is achieving a task or understanding a new concept the child was unable to do on a first attempt.

The act of completing various Montessori materials or understanding new concepts in itself will help your child build self confidence and enhance your child's self esteem. 

The link between the prepared Montessori environment and the child is the Directress. Children learn from active hands on discovery rather than passive reception. Our Montessori classroom is always clean and carefully prepared to draw your child's attention to our interesting hands on materials.

The teacher will make available a wide range of learning materials and tasks suitable to your child.

The teacher (Directress) will "guide" your child through a structured sequence of presentations so that each child will learn the proper use of each of the Montessori materials or tasks at hand before more difficult learning materials are introduced.

How will your child transition from a Montessori preschool to the Public School System?

During the formative years in a Montessori preschool environment (age 3 to 6 ) your child will essentially become an independent person with a strong sense of self. The Montessori learning environment will teach your child how to be flexible and improvise when confronted with various learning or social problems. Improvisation teaches children to be creative and to think for themselves. When your child is ready to make the transition to the traditional Public School System he or she will have already learned the necessary social skills and developed that love for learning needed to be successful for their new environment and in life in general.

In conclusion, the preschool years are the most critical learning years for your child. If your child has a good preschool foundation they will do great in the Public School System. We know this first hand by keeping in close communication with families that have attended our school. Every year we are invited to high school graduations from children that attended our preschool.

Our Curriculum:

Our enriched program for 3 to 6 years old offers a safe, friendly and educational environment which fosters all aspects of the child's' development. 

We offer:

Language Arts,  Mathematics,  Geography,  Practical Life, Art,  Spanish,  History,  Science,  Music and Sensory.

Ferndale Bilingual Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday, 9:30AM-12:30PM during the regular school year.

What is the cost of tuition?

5 days per week: $2750 per year, or  ten payments of $275 per month.

3 days per week: $2500 per year, or ten payments of $250 per month.

2 days per week: $2250 per year, or ten payments of $225 per month.

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