St. Peter's Montessori Preschool
“Our aim is not merely to make a child understand and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination and enthuse him to the core. We do not want complacent pupils, but eager ones.”
– Maria Montessori: To Educate the Human Potential
A brief video about Montessori education from the American Montessori Society.
The Montessori method is a unique philosophy of educating young children. Unlike other programs, the St. Peter’s Montessori-based program focuses on individual activities for a specific purpose with concrete results.
True Montessori-based programs, such as St. Peter’s, are founded on the belief that from ages 2-6 years a child should have favorable learning conditions because this is the time of greatest mental development. St. Peter’s Montessori and its dedicated staff will provide the environment for this surge of learning for your child.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Montessori philosophy is based on the principle established by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, that education should be an aid to life and that every child should be given the opportunity to cultivate his/her own natural desire to learn. Dr. Montessori believed that the hands are the chief teacher of the child and Montessori equipment or “works” are designed so that the child learns by using a “hands-on” approach. The Montessori approach is “child-centered” as opposed to teacher-centered and designed to assist your child in acquiring the social skills, self-confidence, and self-discipline that motivate him/her to find joy in life-long learning.
The Montessori program provides a preschool education that emphasizes self-discipline, social interaction, sensori-motor, integration skills, quiet play and independent learning. One of the major goals of Montessori education is to help your child become more independent and gain a sense of responsibility for not only his/her work but also his/her behavior.
The freedom of the environment is based on self-discipline and respect for others. Simple ground rules define the accepted behaviors. By adhering to these ground rules, your child becomes responsible for his/her behavior while learning self-control and cooperation with others.
A Montessori teacher differs from a traditional teacher in that her main role is to present new materials and guide your child toward more difficult learning experiences. Each teacher provides individualized instruction, carefully observing and recording the progress of each child with respect for his/her own personality and ability.
The Montessori classroom is a carefully prepared environment where your child is exposed to a variety of materials in six major areas: practical life, sensorial, language, social studies, science, and math. He/She also will have the opportunity to explore creative art experiences, music, physical education, Spanish, and computer studies. A speech and hearing therapist is also available for kindergarten. The program emphasizes “hands-on” learning with the help of concrete materials or “works” designed by Dr. Montessori.
Equipment or “works” are part of the “prepared environment” of the Montessori classroom. The works are clean, small, and light enough for young children to move by themselves. All equipment is arranged on low visible shelves that are accessible to your child. The easiest works are placed to the left, the most difficult to the right, following a child’s natural progression of thought. Works are not toys but small replicas of adult work tools. Rugs allow your child to sit and work comfortably on the floor.
While the Montessori classroom is structured, each child has the freedom to work at his/her pace choosing his/her own work. Your child can move freely around the classroom, thereby encouraging him/her to learn by choice and cultivating his/her own natural desire to learn. The Montessori philosophy views your child as an active participant in learning with a learning style all his/her own.
St. Peter's Montessori Program
Montessori-based preschool is a half-day experience. There is a morning (8:00-11:00 a.m.) and afternoon (12:00-2:50 p.m.) session. Parents also have a choice of a 3-day or 5-day preschool experience for their child.
Montessori Kindergarten is a full-day program. Students attend 1/2 day of Montessori Kindergarten and 1/2 day of St. Peter’s Kindergarten.
Children from 30 months through Kindergarten age are accepted into the Montessori program. Student to Teacher ratio 8:1