EARLY CHILDHOOD (AGES 3-6, 2 YEARS OF PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN)
As the child’s first experience of school, the Early Childhood team works diligently to create partnerships and establish life-long bonds with families. As their first “home away from home”, it is critical that our students feel comfortable, safe and nutured in their classrooms.
Our program focuses on the Montessori Method of education. This method is unique in that it combines educational theory with psychology and philosophy. The educational methods and materials devised by Dr. Maria Montessori are based on her scientific observations and study of children.
The basic principle of the Montessori philosophy is that children carry within themselves the qualities of the person they can become. In order to develop their physical, intellectual, and spiritual powers to the fullest, the children must have freedom—a freedom that is achieved through order and self-discipline.
Dr. Montessori recognized that the most valid impulse in learning is the self-motivation of the child; children move themselves toward learning and are self-aware of their accomplishments. The teacher prepares the environment, directs the activity, functions as the authority, and offers the work according to the readiness of each child.