533 2nd North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
"The Montessori method of instruction is available through six levels: 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, 12-15, and 15-18. This unique pedagogical philosophy set out almost 100 years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori aims for the fullest possible development of the human potential as a preparation for life. Learning is a dynamic process in which the whole personality of the child must be actively engaged. In order to educate the WHOLE child, we must give the child freedom to develop physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Dr. Montessori realized that the only value impulse to learning is the self-motivation of the child. The teacher prepares the environment, directs the activities, functions as the guide and offers the child stimulation. The teacher then stays back and observes as the child begins to reveal him/herself through their “work”, which has become the motivating force, and not solely the teacher's personality.
Keeping with the Montessori philosophy, the goal at Montessori Tides School is two-fold: first, we believe that each child should be allowed to experience the excitement of learning by his own choice rather than being forced, and secondly, we help him to perfect his natural skills for learning, so that his ability will be at a maximum in future learning situations."
Excerpted from the preschool's website