The Montessori method is named after Dr. Maria Montessori–the first female Italian physician. In 1907, Dr. Montessori developed a teaching method focused on each child’s individual potential and the uniqueness of his or her learning experience. Dr. Montessori believed that children learn best when provided with age-appropriate opportunities for exploration, observation, and modeling in a caring, nurturing environment.
The open house is a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn about our program and understand how we are different from other schools. During your visit, you will gain an understanding of how our Montessori Program can help your child excel in areas like Mathematics, Science, Geography, Language and beyond. You can tour our classrooms,have a chance to see and even try some of the amazing materials we use in all areas of the class.
Unlike traditional school settings, the child is at the center of the Montessori experience. The program offers a community environment, self-directed learning opportunities, the ability for a child to progress at his or her individual pace, mixed-age classrooms that promote modeling, camaraderie, and leadership opportunities to develop confidence through observation and hands-on exploration.
Yes. Classrooms with children of varying ages provide tremendous opportunities for modeling, creating challenges, building leadership that helps develop self-confidence and independence. Since a child’s aptitude is measured individually rather than in comparison to the class, students are encouraged to develop at their own pace academically and socially.
Yes. We provide after school care. We will have limited childcare available, so please let us know if you need it so we can staff appropriately.
Students do very well when they transition out of our school. We remain in contact with our children to hear about their post-graduation experiences. As the child has learned basic skills like, confidence, independence and motivation to adapt effectively. Since students develop self-awareness, were self-directed and took responsibility for their learning while at our school, they are well prepared and adjust quickly to their new school setting.
The full benefit of a Montessori experience is gained over a full cycle in which the social structure includes a mixed age grouping of children at various levels and abilities and in which continuity and peer teaching is present. For the Toddler child, the full experience is what prepares them for a successful transition to the Primary class. Likewise, for the Primary child, the third year in a Montessori classroom is the culmination of all the previous years and offers essential preparation for a successful elementary school experience.
The Practical Life area of the Montessori classroom offers the child many and varied ways to explore movement in the context of real life activities. This unique aspect of our curriculum, which begins with the Toddlers, focuses on hands-on, repetitive activities such as washing and polishing, through which the child gains confidence and concentration while learning to manage her own needs and contribute to her community. The practical life exercises easily draw children into this level of concentration through precise movements and specific purposes which capture and hold their interest. Likewise, many practical life lessons teach coordination of movement and prepare the child’s eye and hand for the left to right sequence necessary for later reading and writing.
Montessori students are free to choose their own activities… within clear limits. Children are guided by experienced Montessori teachers who ensure that each child is given as much freedom as is appropriate for their level of maturity and ability to manage responsibly.
Parents of children at all levels at Once upon a Seed Montessori meet twice a year in conference with their children’s guide to learn more about classroom work and behavior. The Classroom Guide will keep extensive records of lessons given and work practiced, and also offer the benefit of their individualized observations of the child’s work in the classroom and in all areas of the Montessori curriculum.