Thanks for your interest in our Montessori Program! We are eager to share any information needed to help you make the right decision for your child. The Montessori method of teaching aims for the fullest possible development of the whole child, ultimately preparing him for life's many rich experiences. Complemented by her training in medicine, psychology and anthropology, Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) developed her philosophy of education based upon actual observations of children.
Children pass through sensitive periods of development early in life where they have a tremendous ability to learn and assimilate from the world around him, without conscious effort. This time between the time of birth and six years of age is known as the "absorbent mind". A Montessori teacher recognizes and takes advantage of these highly perceptive stages through the introduction of materials and activities which are specially designed to stimulate the intellect.
The Montessori approach is truly differentiation at its best! Children learning at their own optimum level – in an environment where beauty and orderliness are emphasized and appreciated. A spontaneous love of "work" is revealed as the child is given the freedom (within boundaries) to make her own choices.
About Our Montessori Program…
Huntley Hills Montessori teachers are trained facilitators in the classroom, always ready to assist and direct. Their purpose is to stimulate the child's enthusiasm for learning and to guide it. Each child works through his individual work plan of activities, and learns to truly understand according to his own unique needs and capabilities.
Everything in a Montessori classroom has a specific use or purpose. There is nothing in the prepared environment that the child cannot see or touch. All of the furniture and equipment is scaled down to the child's size and is within easy reach.
We offer PreK-5th grade Montessori classrooms that have a busy, productive atmosphere where joy and respect abound. Within such an enriched environment, freedom, responsibility, and social and intellectual development spontaneously flourish!
What do I need to know to apply?
There is no preparation needed for PreK-K students. The selection process is through a lottery held in April of each year. Families residing within the zoned area have 1st priority. If all slots are not filled from the local lottery, the district holds a second lottery for families out of area called the School Choice Lottery. Interested in your child engaging in a Montessori experience and need more information? Contact us at 678-676-7402.