211 Spring Hill Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
"More than 100 years ago Maria Montessori
was one of the first educators to understand
the overwhelming influence of environment
on the development of children. A rich and
captivating childhood environment enhances development and positively affects children
throughout their lives. Her visionary philosophy
is based on the principle that children naturally
love to learn. Children are the future, and they add great meaning to our lives.
At our school we feel that children and the child’s environment
should be treated with the greatest possible respect. Montessori
education is based on the following key principles:A child’s life is a continuum in which each stage of development
is preparation for the next.
Children naturally love to learn.
Children are grouped in multi-age classrooms. The older children
in the class benefit from helping the younger ones, reinforcing
their knowledge by teaching. The younger children initiate and
internalize skills before they even receive lessons.
Education also has a social function. A Montessori education
teaches the child to value the very real rewards of responsible
behavior and good effort.
Details and facts are always presented in context to help give
the child a perspective on larger ideas: history, nature, the world,
and the universe.
Children need to manipulate tangible objects in order to understand
abstract concepts. The physical experience of Montessori learning
makes for deeper understanding.
Emotional, social, and intellectual development go hand in
hand – all phases of development must be treated equally.
Our philosophy also embraces the notions that care
of the environment, peaceful coexistence with other
people, and the understanding of other cultures are
all essential to the education of children"
Excerpted from the preschool's website