Our school was established by a family of individuals with a strong belief that all children have the right to develop freely and fulfill their own potential in a prepared environment that promotes both academic excellence and a sense of peaceful community. At Village Montessori Day School, children will discover and explore the joys of learning in ways that are natural to them and appeal to their needs.
Village Montessori Day School strives towards the development of the whole child in their social, emotional, physical and cognitive aspects by providing a well-prepared environment that respects individual learning styles, builds a strong academic foundation and creates responsible and contributing future leaders of a multicultural community.
Village Montessori Day School’s vision is to sustain an educational method that will mold tomorrow’s leaders who will bring about a peaceful world.
At Village Montessori Day School, we believe in a child-centered approach to learning. Children are provided with engaging and challenging lessons that are developmentally appropriate, and sharpens their critical thinking abilities enabling them to make choices that benefit themselves and their environment.
Why Choose Montessori Education for Your Child
MONTESSORI, MARIA (1870–1952)
Born in 1870 to an educated middle-class family in Ancona, Italy, Maria Montessori became the first woman physician in Italy. Dr. Montessori is widely recognized as a pioneer in the development of early childhood education and promoting significant educational reforms that have become a part of mainstream education well into the twentieth century. These include the recognition of multiple pathways to learning, the importance of concrete or hands-on learning, the stages of cognitive development in children, and the link between children’s emotional development and their ability to learn at an optimal rate. Her ideas about the importance of the first six years of life and the boundless potential of children ��������������� regardless of race, gender, or social class – made a significant contribution to human rights as societies around the world began to re-define the rights and roles of women and children. (Encyclopedia of Education | 2002 | David Seldin, Timothy)
Montessori education engages all the five senses of the child in learning activities from hundreds of possibilities of their own choice. With guidance from the certified Montessori teacher, children learn at their own individual pace. This makes learning an exciting process of discovery, developing focus and concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and ultimately a love of learning. A multi-aged grouping of children in three-year age groups (0-3, 3-6, and so on) encourages interaction, spontaneity and community in which older children share their knowledge with the younger ones. This is an entirely different approach to education.
Since the aim of Montessori is to help all children reach their fullest potential at their own pace in a multi-aged classroom, everyone learns from one another and everyone contributes. No one feels he is “ahead” or “behind” in relation to their peers. A child’s effort and work is respected as is. The trained teacher, through extensive observation and record-keeping, plans individual lessons to enable each child to learn what he needs in order to improve and succeed.