lays foundations for intellectual, moral, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual competence in our students. We shape young people who have a sense of the grand order of the universe, who can assume their rights and responsibilities, find joy in learning, and who delight among the peoples and in the places where they live. What people saying:
"We must support as much as possible the child's desires for activity; not wait on him, but educate him to be independent." Maria Montessori
"There is no other school that we would entrust the development of our son in all of Stevenson Ranch." Jonathan March
Learn about our nurturing, authentic Montessori full day preschool program.
Our goal is to enable our students to develop themselves into young high-minded individuals, individuals armed with the abstract knowledge, thinking skills, character traits and practical life skills that they need to become mature, capable and happy adults..
Montessori allows children to absorb information at an early age, children are then prepared to become self sufficient citizens in society. The Montessori Philosophy is unlike traditional school, by providing an independent learning environment and allowing all children to progress at their own pace. In all areas there is an array of materials at different skills levels, to meet the specific needs of every child. Practical Life- This area helps to bridge the transition between home and school, by allowing children to complete tasks that they see their parents do at home. Practical Life also works on teaching fine motor, hand- eye coordination, self help skills and caring for their environment. Language- In this area we focus on teaching phonetic sounds and pre-writing skills to prepare children for reading and writing. Math- By the use of beginning math materials, children are introduced to the concepts of identifying numerals, counting quantities and learning place value. Once these skills are mastered children are able to further their math skills towards addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Sensorial- At the early childhood age sensory input is crucial. In this area children are able to explore all of their senses, while also learning how to build concentration and focus. Cultural- In our cultural areas of the classroom children are exposed to Botany, Zoology, Geography, and Science concepts. While being introduced to specific lessons, children have the opportunity to pair real life exposure with those lessons. This then internalize what they have learned with materials.
Commonly asked questions of families new to Montessori education
In most pre-schools the children are taught educational concepts in a group by a teacher. In a Montessori pre-school, the children learn concepts spontaneously as they work independently with the many materials in the environment.
The Montessori Method of education is basically a unique approach to learning. Rather that "teaching" the child concepts, an enriched environment is designed to stimulate the child’s interest and facilitate his understanding and learning capacities spontaneously with little or no adult intervention.
As the children develop their sense of pride in their "work", a feeling of confidence , well being, and joy begins to manifest itself in the child. A "new" child is born. A classroom of Montessori children is a joy to watch. There seems to be a spirit of respect, love, and cooperation among the children.
Dr. Maria Montessori, over 80 years ago, was Italy’s first woman medical doctor. Using her scientific background, she began observing children in Rome. Based on her unbiased observation she developed unique materials, a child centered environment, and was one of the first person to revolutionize education thought by stressing respect for the child, freedom of expression, self education, and training through use of movement and the senses.
The Montessori classroom is a child sized world. Whatever is in the world outside can be incorporated meaningfully in the Montessori classroom. To a child, the world is unmanageable – it is too big, too complex, and too confusing. By careful selection of materials by the teacher, an environment is set up that allows the child a place to explore life on a level he or she can understand. This prepared environment entices the child to proceed at their own pace from simple activities to more complex ones.
Children who have been in a Montessori environment are generally very flexible and adjust easy to the public school situation. They may be better students and spend their time in a more productive way because of their self directions and positive attitude toward learning.