"Free the child's potential and you will transform him into the world." // Maria Montessori
Proven Theories. Proven Education. The programs at Montessori Centre are designed to follow the authentic approach developed by Dr. Montessori. Each of our programs serve to meet the developmental needs of our children as individuals, allowing them to progress at their own pace. The programs are constructivist, with each one building on the one before it, offering developmentally-appropriate challenges and opportunities.
During their earliest and most impressionable years, children develop their confidence from a predictable routine of activities led by quality caregivers. This is a time when infants experience sensitive periods for language, independence, and motor skills. We nurture children through these periods of rapid growth by providing a calm environment, free from any form of child restraint, permitting these active learners to explore and grow. The infants in our program will start to develop basic trust, separation, depth perception, language, movement, and relational skills.
Toddlers begin to assert their own will and experiment with social roles. Built upon the foundation of our infant program, the toddler program focuses on developing the child's independence in a kind and courteous manner.
Through careful observation, teachers identify the child's interests, needs, and abilities and guides her to appropriate activities. These "works" are designed to hone particular skills such as language, defining shapes, sensorial skills, and learning how to interact with others.
Consistency is exceptionally important at this age, so our daily schedule is built upon a predictable routine. This environment produces a deep sense of safety and trust which allows the children to thrive.
Dr. Montessori believed that it is more important to cultivate a natural desire to learn than it is to fill a child with facts. In the primary program, our goal is to develop a genuine lifelong love of learning. We focus on the whole child, introducing them to activities focused on practical life, sensorial, science, geography, art, math and language. Our rooms are designed to deepen each child's connection to his physical environment. Modern scientific research confirms what Dr. Montessori believed over 100 years ago - that this physical exploration is crucial to pediatric neurological development.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of a true Montessori education is our implementation of the "three-year cycle." During their time in Primary, children remain in the same room with the same teachers and peers for up to three years. This large chunk of time allows children to move on to more advanced activities as they are ready, while also being able to revisit more fundamental concepts as needed. This collaborative environment also allows children to teach each other instead of solely relying on their teachers for guidance.
Extended Care Program
Our school day begins at 8:30AM and ends at 3:15PM. We offer early care in the child's own classroom beginning at 7:15AM and extended care until 6:00PM. During this time, the children are offered advanced gross-motor opportunities outdoors and quiet indoor play under the supervision of our professional teachers.
Our ten-week summer program offers a a relaxed compliment to our regular school year. Learning continues with a disciplined routine to the day, but the summer invites much more outdoor extended play. Children enjoy playing in the sprinkler and welcome special visitors such as guests from the Fire Department, Nashville Symphony, and Nashville Zoo.
In addition to our regular classroom curriculum, Montessori Centre offers a variety of enrichment classes to our children for an additional fee. These are offered both throughout the day and after school and include options such as:
- Music and Movement