Montessori at Heart

Children’s House of Columbia is an early learning center that presents a Montessori program.

Why Montessori?

Montessori education recognizes children learn in different ways and strives to accommodate all learning styles.

Montessori is a century-old pedagogical philosophy, developed by Italy’s first woman doctor, Maria Montessori.

Through a rapidly changing times, it has remained relevant to the needs of children. Each student, respected as an individual, is encouraged to develop his/her total personality according to their personal growth metric and at an individual pace. Our school is committed to promoting the principles of balance and harmony, of respect for self and others, and freedom of choice. The curriculum is experimental and open-ended and the atmosphere is one of personal support and care. We stress the development of skills, concepts and values through the child’s own experiences.

Beginning at an early age, Montessori children learn to work independently and in groups.
Montessori children enjoy freedom with respect for each other and anyone around them.
Montessori children are part of a caring multi-age learning community where they all help each other to grow.

 

Montessori Education at Children’s House

Children’s House serves children ranging from 2 years of age to 8. Children’s House maintains a strong commitment to providing access to the benefits of a Montessori-based education to all children without regard to race, gender, color, creed or national origin.

In the “prepared environment” common to all Montessori classrooms, the child may choose work from our five core areas: practical living, sensorial education, language arts, mathematics, or culture. Our out‑of‑doors classroom is available to the child as an extension of the indoor environment.

The Montessori classes include a toddler class for children age 2 to 3 years and preschool classes with mixed age groupings. There is an extended-day Kindergarten class for older children to the age of 6. The ungraded aspect of our classes encourages social interaction between children and adults in a familial way, which nurtures respect for and appreciation of others. Each class is staffed by a certified Montessori teacher and one or more assistant teachers.

Approximately 75% of the teaching staff holds Montessori training or certification. (Click HERE to learn more about our staff.) At present, Children’s House employs 13 full-time and 15 part-time teachers, aides, cooks and maintenance staff.