6400 West Del Rio Street
Chandler, AZ 85226
"We are firmly committed to Maria Montessori’s approach to learning in our overall program. The Montessori method strives to arouse the child’s interest; to stimulate, and to provide an individualized learning atmosphere. This is the “Prepared Environment” which invites a child to get herself involved and puts her mind in gear.To catch the excitement inherent in discovery, and to know deep down that she did it herself because she felt the need to understand and to conquer a problem, is worth far more to a child’s self-image and development than to respond to never-ending teacher direction.
Our emphasis is not on short-term results but on growth and development in the right direction. To coax and push a child into activitieswhich he is not ready is a temptation every good Montessori teacher is bound in conscience to resist, even if it means occasionally disappointing a parent who wants to see items the child has made to take home and show.Our environment is for the benefit of the child - his interests, needs, and academic success.
The Montessori approach is an organic method - one that lays a solid and “hand’s-on” foundation that the child can internalize thoroughly. It is on this type of solid foundation that academic and developmental success is fostered.The Montessori approach is bound to take more time because organic growth takes time -- time and patience and the will to wait. Growth is not always easy to see because it starts underground with good roots.
Research indicates that half of a person’s intellectual capacity is achieved by the age of four.If that is true of mental growth, it must also apply to a child’s outlook, and so it stands to reason that lifestyles are largely shaped before the primary years. As a parent, you must have a similar philosophy, otherwise you would have enrolled your child in a conventional school. We feel strongly about our convictions.What your child learns now will determine how he feels about learning as well as how he feels about himself.Will he move on his own or will he always need someone to push and prod? Will he be as excited about something new to learn at the age of 16 as he was at the age of three or eight? Will he move ahead and do his own thinking at the age of 25, or will he expect someone else to make up his mind for him?
We feel that every child is born with far greater ability than is usually developed, and we are committed to nurturing that ability and to protecting it from damage.
To develop a positive attitude toward school and learning
To develop a sense of high self-esteem
To develop habits of concentration for lifelong study skills
To develop and foster an abiding curiosity
To develop habits of initiative and persistence
To foster inner discipline and a sense of order
To develop sensory-motor skills in order to sharpen the ability to discriminate and judge
To develop socially acceptable behavior
To acquire the basic skills necessary for a lifetime of learning
To help develop each child's innate, ultimate potential through high self-expectations "
Excerpted from the preschool's website