Our three, large, bright, multi-aged, well prepared classroom environments each house a Montessori preschool/kindergarten community of learners. Each classroom has a capacity of 30 children with 3 adults, a lead teacher and 2 early childhood teachers or assistants. We maintain a ratio of 1:10 or less depending upon enrollment.
The classrooms offer a wide variety of activities and experiences through which the child develops his or her mental, emotional, social and physical abilities. The materials are designed to stimulate a child's curiosity and problem-solving skills. The Montessori directress carefully prepares the classroom to make sure it is orderly, attractive and that it offers activities developmentally appropriate to the individual children in the classroom.
Each classroom offers a prepared environment that includes these areas:
The Montessori Classroom must have these basic characteristics at all levels:
Our spacious playground allows children to play freely to develop their large motor skills as they climb, run, swing and slide. A large sandbox is available as well as a basketball hoop. The cement area also provides space for sidewalk chalk, bouncing balls and other activities. We promote outdoor play each day (weather permitting) to provide socialization and fun play. Small garden areas are available outside each classroom to plant and care for vegetables and flowers in the spring and summer. Our harvest becomes part of our snack and nutrition education in the fall.
The Montessori teachers are certified Montessori teachers for this early childhood age group who also have bachelor degrees and/or early childhood education college classes. The early childhood teachers have met state requirements by taking college courses in our field and our assistant teachers are working toward that goal.
Our owner, Judy Cole, has a bachelor’s in Nursing, is an RN as well as being director qualified for large daycare centers. Our Director, Theresa Cole, has associate degrees in early childhood education, general education, medical billing, and and is director qualified for large daycare centers. Both Judy and Theresa hold Early Childhood Professional Credentials.