Infants in their true form, have a natural quest for knowledge. Given the chance, they want to learn. Given the chance, they will behave. We provide just that opportunity to explore life in a peaceful, unpressured environment. Our gentle guidance brings out the young child's innate curiosity. And the result is pure learning, with no obstacles. New Concepts are introduced at the right moment of developmental readiness...... what Montessori calls the "Sensitive period." Just as a mother nurtures her newborn, we create the ideal atmosphere in an unconditional, positive manner in which learning thrives. Imagine a daycare program flexible enough that you can continue nursing your infant. Imagine being so close by that you can visit your child at lunch, or any time during the day. Imagine sensitive, caring teachers who are tuned in to each child's uniqueness and individual needs. Montessori School of Downtown offers all this and more... A place where new discoveries are joyously made every day. A place where your infant will grow to reach his or her full potential. Simply stated, early child care is our expertise. The perfect solution for working professionals who want only the best. We invite you to visit and see for yourself.
"Given the chance, they want to learn
Given the chance, they will behave."
Children work to create the adult they will become. Although adults work to perfect their environment, children work to perfect themselves. So said Dr. Montessori, a physician and educator, who developed the Montessori method of education that aids children in this work. Between the ages of 18 months and 3 years, your child's intelligence and social characteristics will be formed. This is also when your child is most receptive, curious and excited about exploring the world around him or her. You will see the minute you walk into one our classrooms, the materials used to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, science, music and social studies are all unique even to the Montessori classroom.
"Who is this child? I asked once more, Just as the little one entered the door. Ours, said the parent and the teacher as they smiled. And each took the hand of the little child. Ours to love and teach together. Ours this blessed task forever."
Children work to create the adult they will become. Adults work to perfect their environment, but children work to perfect themselves. So said Dr. Montessori, a physician and educator, who developed the Montessori Method of education that aids children in this work. In the special environment prepared for our children, we empower them to express their inner need when they say, "help me do it by myself". The Pre-Primary curriculum has been planned after much research where emphasis is placed on language arts, math, practical life, the arts and sensorial perceptions. Our activities and lesson plans encourage small group activity as well as individual work and aids the child in the process of integration of body and mind through work. The whole curriculum assists holistic human development intellectually, physically, socially and the wide range of activities to refine sensory perceptions and to help the child adapt to a wider environment, the universe. You will see the minute you walk into one our classrooms, the materials used to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, science, music and social studies are all unique even to a Montessori Classroom.
Montessori philosophy is based on the fact that curiosity, learning, and developmental progression are inborn needs of children. Given the proper environment and guidance, youngsters will gravitate toward purposeful activity. This environment must accommodate individual interests, needs, and learning styles. Characteristic of a good Montessori environment is discovery through manipulative and "real life applications." This approach is far preferable to rote learning or mechanical imitation. Children also need freedom of movement and choice, but responsibility must accompany freedom. Students are responsible for completing assignments, maintaining order, and respecting the learning environment and rights of others. To assure a comfortable transition into subsequent educational environments, students are also exposed to study skills required in traditional educational settings. Montessori apparatus is augmented by other carefully selected learning materials.
The Montessori School of Downtown after school program has a rich tradition of engaging academics and exciting activities. When students arrive on campus they begin their afternoon with snack and supervised homework time. After completing homework the afterschool teachers will open up different activity centers, usually two each day. The activity centers are as follows: Architects in Action, Mathematics Can be Fun, Experiments with Young Scientists, Spanish, Rhythm, Crafty Kids at Play, Outdoor Play, Free Choice Time, and our traditional Friday afternoon Movie and Popcorn. In addition to the above mentioned curriculum, there are several paid activities provided by outside vendors that your children may enjoy. Each campus offers Monart, Martial Arts, Robotics, Gymnastics, Mad Science, and private Piano & Violin classes. The after-school program picks up from all area elementary schools.
The Montessori School of Downtown summer program is a curriculum based summer camp. The program is based on thematic units, each of which explores ideas and concepts in a multidisciplinary way. Campers work on themed projects and take field trips to relevant venues while learning about and exploring things that interest them. Our teachers approach instruction from the perspective that the camp should be filled with fun new experiences while allowing students the time they need to decompress and recharge themselves after a long school year. Given this perspective you can guess that there is plenty of time to have a lot of fun at our camp too. Intermingled in the weekly schedule campers will find time for water play on our state-of-the-art splash pad, field trips to exciting venues like The Main Event & Putt Putt Fun House, movies & popcorn every Friday afternoon in our auditorium, and a great group of kids to make friends with. As one camper's mother recently said, “You must have those kids really working because my daughter is coming home every night and getting things ready for the next day.”