Montessori Country Day is committed to nurturing and educating young children through the Montessori Method, an early educational model developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori Method is based on the understanding that children are motivated by a natural curiosity for learning, a desire to participate in activities that use their senses, muscles and intellect. It is also grounded in respect for each child as an individual with unique emotional, social, and intellectual needs.
Our Montessori classrooms are carefully prepared and child-oriented environments. Children learn at their own pace, choosing materials that appeal to their interest and developmental needs. The classrooms feature sequential materials designed to be aesthetically appealing, self-teaching, self-correcting and progressively challenging. The inviting environment enables children to explore and develop habits of initiative, independence, curiosity and concentration.
At Montessori Country Day the child is our focus, the teacher the facilitator. Above all, we place the highest importance on serving the needs of the child, for as Maria Montessori said, “One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child itself.” By providing individual lessons as well as group lessons the children learn cooperation and respect for others. Our emphasis is on preparatory activities designed to develop a readiness and a foundation for a life-long love of learning.
Finally, Montessori Country Day is here to serve our families. In our multi-aged settings we are grouped like a family or neighborhood. Our children have a chance to progress from youngest to middle to oldest child. In a non-competitive social environment, children learn from older models and progress in developing leadership roles. Remaining in the same class for several years fosters security, confidence, friendships and understanding between teachers, families and children of individual capabilities and needs.