Curriculum, Since 1996
We strive to create a school that embraces the natural curiosity and wonder of children by crafting a prepared environment, both inside and outside of the classroom. The children explore within this prepared environment, which is specifically designed to engage and support developmentally appropriate growth. Our classrooms are mixed-age, with children as young as 3 years of age watching the more complex and abstract lessons of 6 year old students. The older children serve as role models and leaders. We stress to the children that we are all teachers to one another!
During the early years of life, Dr. Maria Montessori felt that "the first thing the child's education demands is the provision of an environment in which he or she can develop the powers given by nature." Quite literally, the school environment is the curriculum.
Childcare works best with cooperation between the caregivers and the parents. Parents know their child better than anyone else. Both parents and caregivers must feel comfortable exchanging knowledge and experiences about the child.
Dr. Montessori emphasized the need for a rich environment and noted the speed at which children can develop when given the opportunity to explore and to experiment: "If our own adult ability were to be compared with the child's, we would need sixty years of hard work to do what he or she does in three.” The structure of the curriculum is based on these developmental areas:
- Practical Life
- Culture (including social and emotional development)
Within these developmental areas, children are invited to move with freedom and thoughtfulness and to challenge their fine motor skills by handling interesting and beautiful small objects.
Our Specific Goals and Objectives for Children
The main objective of Marimont Montessori School is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help children develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills, and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning.
Programs and Hours of Operation
Open Monday - Friday
Classes from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Extended Day Program from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM