Village Montessori Day School offers programs for Primary Preparatory (ages 2 to 3 years) and Primary (ages 3 to 6 years). In the Primary Preparatory program focus is on the development of self-esteem resulting in children becoming socially and academically comfortable and confident in an environment where careful observation is important to their success. There is a beautiful blend of structure and spontaneity in the Primary Preparatory classroom. The Primary Program is where children learn the use of many manipulative classroom materials as well as through teacher guidance. Teachers work with a child individually and in small groups on enticing activities, and then allow each child many repetitions with that activity to master its content in depth. The Primary program nurtures your child’s individual development within the context of a group setting. He will emerge with a set of skills – social, emotional and academic – while, more importantly, knowing how to function within a group. Our three programs on offer:
Children need to be themselves, to live with other children and with grown-ups, to learn from their environment, to enjoy the present, to get ready for the future, to create and to love, to learn to face adversity, to behave responsibly, in a word, to be human beings. – Maria Montessori –
Frequently Asked Questions
WHY ARE THE EARLY YEARS OF A CHILD’S LIFE CRITICAL TO LEARNING?
Many researchers have found out that the first five years of a child’s life are critical years for physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. A Montessori classroom addresses the needs of the critical years by means of a prepared environment which stimulates learning in activities that correspond to the individual child’s developmental period and level of interest.
WHY IS A CLASSROOM MULTI-AGE?
Parents often feel that the younger children will take up most of the teacher’s time and attention, or that the teacher will give more lessons to the kindergarten ready child. A Montessori classroom is equipped with classroom materials interesting and challenging enough to match the level of children’s abilities. A child’s interest is allowed to grow from simple to complex tasks where he can choose from a wide variety of graded work. The younger children are given role models to imitate, and the older ones have the opportunity to reinforce their own learnings by helping the younger ones.
WHY IS IT BENEFICIAL FOR MY CHILD TO ATTEND FIVE DAYS A WEEK?
Consistency is important in the learning process of young children. While a 3-day program may be more attractive to parents who only need a few hours of care a day, most Montessori schools offer a five-day program only because children love exploring, discovering and experiencing their environment. The goal is for the child to master the environment at his/her own pace without disruption and become who he/she is meant to be. This takes time.
WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY A BIT MORE IN ORDER TO ENROLL MY CHILD IN A MONTESSORI SCHOOL COMPARED TO OTHER DAYCARES?
A majority of Montessori schools in the USA are privately run. The government typically does not fund programs for children below 5 years old. Teachers who head Montessori classrooms must be certified and this means extensive education. The expensive teaching materials, the beautiful furniture, the location, size of school and salaries and benefits when offered affects the cost of tuition.
WILL MONTESSORI EDUCATION HELP MY CHILD TRANSITION TO A TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOL?
Montessori education is preparation for life. Children who go through the complete three-year cycle in a Montessori program adapt fairly quickly to the new setting, making new friends, and succeeding in the academic and socialization aspects of their new environment. This is the result of their mixed aged group classroom where they are allowed to interact with a more diverse social circle than most children their age. They are also given the opportunity to master math, science and language concepts at their own pace, thus, becoming more self-motivated and self-disciplined and ready to move to the next concept before the rest of the class.
The name “Montessori” is not patented, therefore, other Montessori programs may carry the name, may have some Montessori materials, and cost less. An authentic Montessori school has a strongly built and consistent Montessori program wherein the child learns at his own pace and is set up to succeed under the guidance of certified Montessori teachers.
WHY SHOULD MY CHILD BEGIN AT AGE 3 IN A MONTESSORI SCHOOL?
A Montessori program works best for children ages 2 or three years and who stay at least through the kindergarten year. Dr. Maria Montessori found out through her extensive work with children that ages three to six years are at their most “sensitive period” developmentally and possess what is natural in them to learn or what she calls the “absorbent mind”. To tap into this three-year period is critical in developing self-motivation, self-discipline, and a sense of curiosity about the environment. The three-year period instills the joyful learner in the child and prepares him/her for life.