Dr. Maria Montessori recognized that the very young child goes through periods of great sensitivity during which he or she learns more easily than at any time in life. Montessori education uses a personalized approach in which each child, respected as an individual, discovers the joy of learning within carefully prepared surroundings. Materials in the classroom are designed to give the child new experiences as well as develop specific concepts. Children learn to work in an atmosphere of respect for self, respect for others, and respect for the environment.
In a Montessori classroom you observe a child-centered environment with students engaged in a variety of learning activities. The environment is designed to encourage the child’s exploration and to develop a love for learning. A Montessori teacher is the link between the students and their environment. The teacher provides guidance to encourage each child to achieve his or her potential.
All of our classes meet 5 days a week. Toddlers attend half days from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Early Childhood students attend a half day program from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Although many parents are skeptical about parting with their young children, they usually find that the children look forward to a consistent schedule that involves stimulating environments and friendly faces. Toddlers and new early childhood students are gradually “phased-in” when they start school to ensure a pleasant school experience.
Yes! Kindergarten and elementary students meet once a week for Spanish instruction.
Absolutely! There are 31 towns and cities represented in our student body. We have families from Homewood to Ogden Dunes and St. John to Chicago. We guess you could say, “It’s worth the drive!”
A: Children enrolled in our toddler program do not need to be toilet trained. The staff is supportive of children who are ready to start training. Children are expected to be toilet trained before entering a preschool program.
Yes. We offer programs both before and after school for early childhood, kindergarten, and elementary students. Children enjoy time with their friends with both inside and outdoor activities. There is an extra fee for these programs.
While it may look different from a “traditional” classroom, there are rules and structure in a Montessori classroom. Montessori classrooms are structured with the principles of freedom within limits and respect. Our teachers structure the environments to ensure children are challenged and encouraged to reach their potential.
Our new students are screened at the beginning of the school year. The results of the screening are sent home to the parents. At this time, parents and the speech therapist determine a course of action. There is an additional charge for the therapy, which is set by the therapist.
When the time comes to move into a more traditional school environment, Montessori children usually adapt well. Our programs are designed to help children develop positive self-images and confidence so they can face challenges and change with optimism. The Montessori environment helps build self-esteem, which research has shown to be a key predictor for future success.
Parent and teacher conferences are scheduled during the school year to discuss student progress. In addition, teachers are always available to speak with parents regarding a child’s progress or any other concerns.
Standardized tests are administered to our kindergarten and elementary students in the spring. Test results are sent home to parents.