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“The role of education is to interest the child profoundly in an external activity to which he will give all his potential.”


Maria Montessori

 

Maria Montessori's groundbreaking research on "sensitive periods" in children's development, when they are intensely interested in a certain type of learning and master it with much greater ease and speed than would be possible at another time, is a foundation of Montessori education. Another is the fact that young children learn best by using their hands, not by looking or listening, so the Montessori materials are developed with that principle in mind. The lengthy work period in the morning develops the young child's concentration and focus in a natural, unforced way. The close attention paid to each child's interests and needs sometimes means that a child will begin reading or writing quite early; however, it's a myth that Montessori education "pushes" early academics. Each child develops according to his or her own natural rhythm.


Our Values

Our mission is to provide a quality early childhood program where we cultivate and honor children's innate love of learning as they prepare for a life of purpose, integrity, and academic accomplishment. Students at Great Foundations Montessori gain the skills and confidence to meet the challenges of self, family, community, and the world at large. It is our mission, through the Montessori method, to meet individual children’s needs while simultaneously creating an atmosphere of cooperation, teamwork, and group participation involving parents in unique student related programs and offering viable intellectual growth and a continued desire and enthusiasm to learn for all students.


Great Foundations Montessori serves the community by providing an authentic Montessori environment with a carefully planned, stimulating environment designed to help children develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills, and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning. All concepts are presented in a safe, secure, loving and respectful environment. The four core curriculum areas—practical life, sensorial, math, and language—are enhanced by cultural studies including music, art and geography. We believe in Maria Montessori’s philosophy that all children are unique, curious about their world, and are born with a desire to learn. We respect these characteristics and it is our goal to provide an environment where the child will have a quality learning experience.



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