Montessori is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn and focuses on the whole child—his cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
“Follow the Child”
— Maria Montessori
The theory behind Montessori education is simple: Children learn naturally. The main purpose of a Montessori school is to provide a carefully prepared, stimulating environment which will help the child develop an excellent foundation for learning.
Following the Montessori philosophy, BeLoved Montessori’s entire goal is to treat each child as an individual and allow them to foster their “personal liberty” or “choice” when it comes to their education. We believe that children are individuals with their own strengths, weaknesses, interests, learning styles and therefore, acknowledge each trait within each child. By doing this, we find it impossible to state that “every child needs to be on the same page on the same day.”
We trust their instincts and use the “follow the child” approach because we believe they intrinsically know what it takes to grow into an independent adult. This empowers every child to be responsible for his or her education process, with guidance, support and encouragement.
Fostering a Montessori approach in the classroom takes a lot of practice. Our teachers are not there to make sure each child fits into a mold. They are present to guide in the excitement of curiosity and foster each child’s innate love for education. We pursue maintaining a positive learning environment so every child is allowed to become what he or she is meant to be.
Our priorities include:
- Honor & Respect
- Thoughtful Education
- Giving more of what each child needs to grow in their development
Each teacher is specifically trained to watch what each child naturally gravitates to, observe and help foster the progression in that learning process.
“The child should live in an environment of beauty.”
— Maria Montessori
We recognize that the ages from infant to six years old is a critical time in a child’s development when they effortlessly absorb information and form impressions and habits that become the basis for all future learning and behavior. Maria Montessori called this stage, “the absorbent mind” when children’s brains are literally like ‘sponges’. With this knowledge we have created our classroom environments.
The Montessori approach believes in mixed age groups and flexible groupings (when children of equal strength in an area are put together in a group to learn a topic no matter what their age). This fosters an environment in which the older ones learn a great deal from guiding the younger children and the younger children learn from observing and progressing in participation with the older children. Although these “groups” are not cut in stone, they allow an environment in which once a child has mastered a concept, he or she may move on to the next concept even if the rest of the children in that group have not.
Since each classroom is set up for individualized progress, our teachers are able to take advantage of the inclination of young children to imitate the older ones. Older children, in turn, develop higher levels of mastery and confidence as they teach others how to do something. They experience what it feels like to be a leader and how to nurture and encourage someone who is less skilled than they have become.
We believe hands-on, multi-sensory/multi-modality instruction where concepts are not just taught by memorization or out of a textbook, but rather in a variety of sensory and overall physical educational opportunities such as using colors, sounds, tastes, movement, and logic. This is considered Montessori’s “discovery” model, where students learn concepts from directly working with materials rather than direct instruction.
Our teachers then observe each child and keeps notes (mentally and on paper) as to what the child knows, where they are in each activity and what they may or may not be processing. We then utilize this critical information to help guide the child’s learning.
Each one of our rooms look much different than traditional classrooms. We create a “prepared environment” in which each classroom has all the materials for that day’s lessons organized on accessible levels. Carpets are provided so each child may take his or her preferred materials to their own carpet to work on..
Montessori believes in as much natural lighting, natural materials and real dinnerware and utensils as these help represent the real world we live in and allow each child to be trusted with and work with realistic tools.
In addition, our outdoor, natural environment is one of the most important components to offering expanded Montessori learning opportunities including physical movement, gardening, caring for animals, discovering the seasons and more.
“Beloved Montessori has been such a warm, nurturing, and caring environment for my 3 kids. Despite the differences in my children, they each have thrived thanks to the dedicated teachers who are devoted to developing the whole child while fostering respect, kindness, and independence. We could not be happier!”Meagan and Lee An Early Childhood
“This incredible community has taught her so much about the value of respecting and learning from everyone around you.”Crystal Jud Early Childhood
“Not only have our children grown and learned, but we as parents have also learned so much about our children's needs, abilities, independence and being better parents.”Chris & Dionne Del Carlo Early Childhood
“So much emphasis is placed in our society on achievement that to have a foundation of personal satisfaction, growth and an awareness of your own unique place in this world, is simply invaluable.”Nancy Notdurft Toddler Program
““The staff at Beloved Montessori have provided such a wonderful environment for our son to grow. We feel blessed to have such an awesome extended family.”Sam, Sarah & Elijah Doane Toddler Program
“I am not easily impressed. I have seen several generations of children grow up and most of it was with a lot of struggle. This school has the kindest and most caring staff I have ever seen. I watch the kids and I am amazed at what they have learned and how polite and capable they are.”Judy Strausbaugh Toddler Program