Dr. Montessori observed that children are more motivated to learn when working on something of their own choosing. A Montessori student may choose his focus of learning on any given day, but his decision is limited by the materials and activities—in each area of the curriculum—that his teacher has prepared and presented to him.
Dr. Montessori realized that children’s play is their work—their effort to master their own bodies and environment—and out of respect she used the term “work” to describe all their classroom activities. Montessori students work hard, but they don’t experience it as drudgery; rather, it’s an expression of their natural curiosity and desire to learn.
Although students are free to work at their own pace, they’re not going it alone. The Montessori teacher closely observes each child and provides materials and activities that advance his learning by building on skills and knowledge already gained. This gentle guidance helps him master the challenge at hand—and protects him from moving on before he’s ready, which is what actually causes children to “fall behind.”
Montessori schools teach the same basic skills as traditional schools, and offer a rigorous academic program. Most of the subject areas are familiar—such as math, science, history, geography, and language—but they are presented through an integrated approach that brings separate strands of the curriculum together.
While studying a map of Africa, for example, students may explore the art, history, and inventions of several African nations. This may lead them to examine ancient Egypt, including hieroglyphs and their place in the history of writing. The study of the pyramids, of course, is a natural bridge to geometry.
This approach to curriculum shows the interrelatedness of all things. It also allows students to become thoroughly immersed in a topic—and to give their curiosity full rein.
There is a small but growing body of well-designed research comparing Montessori students to those in traditional schools. These suggest that in academic subjects, Montessori students perform as well as or better than their non-Montessori peers.
The research also shows Montessori students to have greater social and behavioral skills. They demonstrate a greater sense of fairness and justice, for example, and are more likely to choose positive responses for dealing with social dilemmas.
Yes! Both Day Care and Child Care centers are focused on simply taking care of the basic needs of a child and engaging in play. Neither offers an educational environment with a focused curriculum. In addition, you will find that neither Day Care nor Child Care centers are staffed with many post High School educated Teachers.
Research shows that attending a quality curriculum based preschool is not only important for a child to excel in school, but also shows that preschools are ahead of child care centers and day care centers when it comes to preparing children for life. High quality preschools focus on teaching the whole child—socially, emotionally, and academically during the most formidable time of a child’s life.
It is recommended that children have some sort of group experience, without a parent or caregiver, before they enter kindergarten (Kanter, 2007, p. 66). Kindergarten teachers know and appreciate former preschool children, for they come to school with good social skills and behavior management skills.
Spondeo Preschool is designed to provide the highest level of education in a caring and loving environment. Our teachers are educated individuals who have dedicated their career to the education of young children. Our students are excited about school and learning.
Montessori preschools offer its students an individualized curriculum where precocious children are not held back due to chronological age or developmental delays such as potty training. In a traditional environment, age and potty training are the sole basis for grouping children without any regard to a child’s skill, interest or ability.
Montessori preschools teach students social graces such as respect for self, others and the environment through daily reinforcements, follow through and teaching techniques. In a traditional environment, social interactions tend to be fragmented and conflict resolution is sparse.
Montessori preschools offer academic development through individualized curriculum that provides students continuous challenges regardless of age. In a tradition preschool, teachers are limited to rote learning regardless of differences in a student’s ability or interest
Montessori preschools also offer their students a plenty of opportunity for movement and outdoor time including the freedom to move safely and appropriately around the classroom, planned outdoor activities including gardening and outdoor learning environments in additions to free “recess” play time. In a traditional preschool, outdoor time is generally very sparse and limited to “recess” type play. Minimal movement is tolerated in a traditional classroom environment with students mostly seated at desks and needing to ask permission before moving around the classroom.
Spondeo Preschool is an established preschool with rigorous hiring standards for our teachers. Our Lead Teachers have at least and Early Childhood Associates degree or are working towards achieving the degree. In addition, all of our Lead Teachers have received their AMS or AMI certification. Our teachers regularly participate in on-going training to further improve their teaching approaches. Any decision, activity or choice made by our teachers and staff is made solely for and with the children’s best interest in mind
Spondeo Preschool is also proud to offer its students an environment that has the lowest student teacher ratios in the Gilbert and Chandler areas. By maintaining lower ratios, ours students receive the attention they deserve and that parents would want their children to have
Our small intimate campus is a warm and welcoming environment where children flourish; mentally, physically and emotionally and families form a strong sense of community with each other and our staff.
One of the main Montessori Method foundations is in the child’s ability to explore and learn within boundaries. Our teachers provide structure and limits to social behavior, classroom rules and model appropriate actions expected from students.
Spondeo Preschool uses positive discipline techniques to teach children how to respect themselves, respect others and the environment. This is a constant ongoing lesson only a truly dedicated teaching team of parents, caregivers and teachers can implement.
Loss of privileges are implemented including, but not limited to, loss of using a toy or work, working with a friend or participating in a social setting. Children are redirected to an area to be by themselves until they are ready to return and comply with the clearly stated expectations.
In a Montessori program, the teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to him or her in order to grow and develop, interacting with the teacher when guidance is needed.
Spondeo Preschool has the lowest student to teacher ratio in the Gilbert and Chandler area. With our superior ratios and the Montessori method we have created an environment where precious children can flourish.
Spondeo Preschool endeavors to create the best environment to support the development of the whole child into productive and creative members of the classroom, their family and both the local and global communities.