is Maria Montessori?
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.
well known is the Montessori Education System?
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
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
is the aim of the Montessori Education System?
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
programs seek to achieve for your child are:
Thirst for knowledge and learning and self discipline
of personal dignity
greater self esteem
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?
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
From birth to
the age of
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
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
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.
Montessori called this unique
early learning experience
the young child's "absorbent mind."
Why is the Montessori environment more rewarding for your child?
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."
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.
children will teach themselves "success"
various Montessori materials
that stimulate the senses and are self correcting.
is achieving a task or
understanding a new concept the
child was unable to do on a
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.
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.
enriched program for 3 to 6 years old offers a safe, friendly and
educational environment which fosters all aspects of the child's'
Arts, Mathematics, Geography, Practical Life, Art, Spanish, History, Science, Music and Sensory.
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.