"Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future." Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori was the first female Italian physician. She noted the importance of the first six years of a child's life. She believed that everything that a child saw, heard and felt in their environment shaped their lives. She also believed that children who spend the first six years of their lives in loving, supportive environments model the behavior.
Maria Montessori stated, "that every child, by instinct, wants to learn and grow to the limits of their ability. In the first six years of life they do so by imitating those around them. To help our children, we must prepare the physical and social environment."
The Children's House takes pride in creating an environment that nurtures children during the early years of their lives so they develop self respect, respect for others, sensitivity and an awareness of the world in which they live.
The benefits of a Montessori education at the Children's House are many. There is a "community of children." Older children serve as role models for younger ones. Montessori materials are specifically designed for a child's natural development. The prepared environment provides a natural sense of order where everything in the classroom has a specific place.
Individualized learning takes place within the environment. The Montessori method recognizes and allows for each child's growth and pace of learning. Children delight in learning new skills.
Developing a love of learning, problem solving skills, communication skills, inner discipline and self confidence are skills learned by children at the Children's House.
Montessori Directresses keenly observe students and are trained to recognize when to introduce new lessons. They inspire, encourage and guide students to the next level. There is a balance of responsibility and freedom within the classroom.
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Kristina Pollock is the Head Directress of the Children's House. Mrs. Pollock has an AAS in Early Childhood Education and has received numerous Montessori and early childhood certifications.
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