Rather than teaching the child concepts, the Montessori environment is designed to stimulate children’s interest, simplify their understanding and enhance their learning capabilities, with the teacher acting as a guide or facilitator. Children aged 2 to 6 participate in the program. Our Montessori credentialed teachers have been trained in the Montessori philosophy and in the purposeful and specific use of Montessori materials. We offer an integrated approach combined with the traditional concept of learning.
Ideally, children should remain in the Montessori program for three to four years. To complete a full cycle of the Montessori program, we encourage five-year-olds to complete their kindergarten year at Village Green. Montessori applicants for the 2 – 3 year old room must be 2 years old by September 30th. Montessori applicants for the 3-5-year-old Primary room must be 3 years old by September 30th and bathroom independent. Bathroom independence is defined by going to the bathroom, pulling down/up clothes, wiping, and washing hands with little to no assistance.
The Montessori Method of education is unique in its approach to learning. Dr. Maria Montessori was Italy’s first female medical doctor. Using her scientific background, she observed tenement children in Rome. Based on her observations, she developed materials, created a child-centered environment, and helped revolutionize educational thought. She stressed respect for the child, freedom of expression, self-education, and training by using movement and the senses. Rather than teaching the child concepts, the Montessori environment is designed to stimulate children’s interest, simplify their understanding and enhance their learning capabilities, with the teacher acting as a guide or facilitator.
The Montessori teacher organizes the learning environment into five main work areas:
Science & Geography
Activities to allow exploration of nature and the environment and to cultivate awareness of cultural differences while learning the continents.
Exercises that cultivate an understanding of basic mathematical concepts.
Activities that encourage language development and lead to reading and writing.
Activities in daily living.
Exercises in size, shape, color, discrimination and more.