"The goal of Garden School and the Montessori philosophy is to build a foundation for a lifetime of creative learning in the child. It is to develop the characteristics of responsibility, initiative, independence, self-confidence, persistence, a sense of order, the ability to concentrate and an increased curiosity. Exposing children to the sounds of letters and the symbols and quantities of numbers provides them the opportunity to develop an interest and to pursue that interest when they are ready. Learning should be fun. When a child has a choice of many activities and we have the opportunity of determining those choices, we can influence his attitudes toward learning in a very positive way.
The whole issue of pressuring children comes down to the attitudes, philosophy and presentation of activities. Success and failure can be felt in any activity. It is often not what we do, but how we do it that affects a child's behavior and attitudes. By encouraging children and building on their strengths and encouraging them to try new things we are allowing them to discover what they can do and to feel pride in themselves. By encouraging learning and questions we are helping them develop their own thoughts and conclusions. By exposing them to new ideas and concepts we are enriching their lives and stimulating their imaginations. By showing them love and encouragement, we allow them to feel good about themselves and to care for others. We hope what you see as you visit Garden School is a group of happy children having fun.
Excerpted from the preschool's website
Morning class example:
8;55 Outdoor play/socialization
9:30 Circle: Greeting, calendar, weather, curriculum/theme discussion.
9:45 Exploration of work projects: art, science, fine motor, gross motor, self-prepared snack, math, language, etc. The outside deck is open to paint, water plants visit the rabbit and turtle.
11:10 Closing circle: Story, games, singing.
11:25 Parents pickup.