Montessori Program

The Montessori Method is an approach to education which emphasizes individuality and independence in learning. Children are seen as inherently curious. Thus, education is viewed as a process which occurs in harmony with the child’s individual interest, readiness and development.  Maria Montessori developed her educational method based on a few main premises.

Key components of Montessori Method:

  • Respect for the child: Children discover the world around them through a hands-on approach, rather than the information being handed to them. This promotes enthusiasm and curiosity-driven learning.  The Montessori approach allows children choices, thus preparing them to become independent learners.
  • The Absorbent Mind: Children constantly learning is an inherent process of their everyday life. Montessori classrooms allow children free exploration and learning in uninterrupted blocks of time, in order to get the most out of their learning experiences.
  • Sensitive Period: Children become “ripe” to learn different types of skills at specific points in their development. The age at which each sensitive period occurs could slightly vary from one child to another. Through continuous observations, the Montessori teacher becomes aware of the best time to introduce concepts to each child.
  • The Prepared Environment: A major factor that sets apart a Montessori classroom is the prepared environment. Dr. Montessori believed that classrooms should be filled with well thought out materials to set a child up for success. These well-prepared activities or works are sought out by children with different interest and abilities.
  • Auto Education: The Montessori method creates an environment where children can educate themselves. Dr. Montessori believed that children have an ability to absorb and learn from their environment.
  • Multi-Age: In a Montessori classroom children of different ages work together. The older children take joy in mentoring the younger ones and the younger children are very receptive to learning from their older peers.
The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’Maria Montessori

Class Offerings

3 day Montessori Preschool5-day Montessori Preschool5 Day Montessori Kindergarten

Birthdate: Between 10/1/15 and 3/31/16
Do not need to be toilet trained
9:1 Student Teacher Ratio
3 ½ hours on Monday/ 4 ½ hours on Tuesday and Wednesday
3 days a week

This schedule was specifically designed for children who are 2 ½ but not yet 3 years old when they start school in September.  By being a part of the classroom three days a week, these young children adjust to the environment and become familiar with the classroom structure. They will observe the other children, and learn the classroom routines which will prepare them for the next step of the Montessori Preschool.

Age 2 years by March 31st of the year of enrollment
Must be toilet trained
9:1 Student Teacher Ratio
3 ½ hours on Monday/ 4 ½ hours on Tuesday-Friday
5 days a week

Children ages 2½, 3, 4, 5 and 6 participate together in the same classroom.  Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In the classroom children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process.

Age 5 years by September 30th of the year of enrollment
Must be toilet trained
9:1 Student Teacher Ratio
3½ hours on Monday/6 hours Tuesday-Friday
5 days a week

The Kindergarten year is when many of the earlier lessons come together and become a permanent part of the young child’s understanding.                Through the Montessori method your child started as a novice, grew to an apprentice, and now during their Kindergarten year they become a leader.

During the Kindergarten year additional emphasis is placed on the following:

  • Teaching, mentoring and role modelling
  • Letter sounds/names, phonograms, long vowels, sight words, parts of speech, advanced reading, writing, story retelling &illustrating
  • Abstract math lessons
  • More elaborate science and geography lessons
  • Socialization becomes extremely important during playtime and meals