- To promote a culturally diverse, purposeful, fun and peaceful environment that nurtures the development of children through compassion, respect and imagination.
- To recognize the uniqueness of each child who will grow to be an independent, responsible and wholesome member of society.
- To inspire children to explore and learn through hands on experiences with caring, long standing, dedicated staff.
- To reach excellence in global learning and children realizing their full potential to live in a harmonious world.
Play School Song (music & lyrics by Michael DelMain)
The Montessori method of education was developed in Italy by Madam Maria Montessori in the 1907s. It is based on a unique format which introduces new ideas to children utilizing materials, allowing the children to become familiar with the new concept in an independent but structured setting, establishing learning situations where peer interaction plays an important role in conveying and reinforcing the concept being taught, and accomplishing all of this in a way that, to the children, is fun!
The team of early childhood educators at Miniapple Montessori believe that individualized learning can begin at a very young age. The philosophy is based on the realization that a child’s developmental needs are met through freedom within limits in the prepared environment. Over a century ago, Dr. Maria Montessori discovered an approach to education that emphasizes the potential of young children by means of a sensory- rich “prepared environment”, specially trained adults, and carefully created scientific teaching materials. The Montessori classroom is filled with attractive and interesting hands-on materials. These objects are progressively designed so that concrete tasks and simple activities lead to those that are more complex, abstract, and challenging. Children are helped to help themselves discover, learn, and reach their fullest potential as they make choices in selecting their own work and proceeding at their own pace. This freedom within limits is the key to the wonderful feelings of success and accomplishment Montessori children enjoy as they develop intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally.