The mission of Stonebridge Montessori School is to provide quality Kindergarten and preschool education and learning experiences for children in a safe and caring environment. We take pride in our highly qualified teachers and the communication we offer within our school. We strive to provide a nurturing environment where children can express their individuality, creativity, independence and responsibility. Stonebridge Montessori School upholds and promotes values and principles which encompass fairness and honesty along with grace and courtesy.
Maria Montessori, born in Italy in 1870, developed a system of teaching which encourages children to develop and nurture their spontaneous urge to learn and ability for self-discipline.
Children develop their own pace for learning through a series of sensitive periods in which they are very much in tune to language, order, their senses, and the world around them. Her method allows the child to explore these sensitive periods through a stimulating and loving environment. Her goal was to allow the child to build positive self-esteem and confidence.
She supported the development of the child to become independent and self-directed. She provided children the opportunity to learn how to learn.
It is our number one goal to provide the kind of environment and the kind of influences that encourage all children to become creative, independent, responsible, well rounded, self-directed adults who can make decisions for themselves. Our desire is to meet the needs of children and their families for nurturing, growth and development, relationships and understanding. Our values and beliefs about children are deeply rooted in the history of early childhood education.
We believe: All children have the right to feel good about themselves and it is the responsibility of all teachers to nurture each child’s self - esteem.
We believe: The home is the most important factor in a child’s development. We will always strive to support and complement the family in order to promote the healthy development of children.
We believe: Loving, trusting and respecting each child enables that child to love, trust and respect others. Each child and family is due the respect for personal privacy demanded by professional ethics.
We believe: It is important to meet each child’s needs for physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth by providing diverse experiences in a supportive environment.
We believe: Each person is a unique individual and has his or her own needs. Each person has a right to meet this need their own way and in their own time. However, one of the responsibilities of having rights is recognizing and respecting the rights of others.
We believe: Children deserve to have teachers who are capable and caring and whose values enable them to be excellent role models. Our educational and guidance decisions must be based on our knowledge of child development.
Introduction to the Kindergarten and Preschool Curriculum
The preschool years of the child are an exciting adventure for both child and parents. These early years of development are critical in every child's life. The Montessori environment provides the child with a rich and caring place to allow him/her to develop to their fullest potential. The following are among the areas of development:
1. Social interaction
2. Independence and self-reliance
3. Verbal skills and communication
4. Thinking and reasoning
5. Establishing a routine
The Montessori curriculum encompasses five areas:
1. Practical Life: Here the children develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence. These include the care of self, care of the environment, and grace and courtesy.
2. Sensorial Area: With the use of Montessori designed materials, children refine and organize their sensory perceptions. Children learn to develop sensory impressions of the world around them.
3. Language: Children are exposed to various phonetic components that constitute the English language. They progress using concrete materials which aid them in developing their reading skills.
4. Math: The importance of one's sense of order is emphasized in the development of the mathematical mind. Manipulative materials are used to allow children to discover abstract mathematical ideas through concrete models.
5. Culture and Science: In this area the children learn about the world around them. The aim is to stimulate interest in and equip the children with the skills to explore nature and societies around the world.