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Montessori Countryside Academy

16720 Tobacco Rd
Lutz, FL 33602

Phone:
(813) 961-7883

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Countryside Montessori Academy embraces all of the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori in its approach to learning. Maria Montessori, born in 1870 was the first woman granted a medical degree by an Italian University. Using her scientific background, she began observing children in Rome. Based on her unbiased observations, she developed unique materials and a child centered environment. Dr. Montessori was one of the first people to revolutionize educational thought by stressing respect for the child, freedom of expression, self-education, and training through use of movement and senses.
The "absorbent mind" will never repeat its miraculous ability to absorb the native tongue, to perfect movement or internalize order. Never will these sensitivities be more alive than in the preschool child.
The Montessori prepared environment allows children to act freely on their own initiative, meeting needs through individual spontaneous activity. The children learn to work quietly and intently on their own "work." They are building concentration and self-discipline. The Montessori classroom is a community. In the Montessori environment children work individually, in very small groups, or sit quietly observing. The children work freely and when they complete their work, they return it to its place on the shelf.
The older child in the environment learns through teaching the younger child. The younger child is inspired to do more advanced work by having older children working in the same environment.
Most of the day is spent doing "work cycle," where the child is in a small group or individually doing work in the classroom. However at some point during each day, the entire group comes together for a circle time. They enjoy activities such as storytelling, music, movement activities, Spanish, etc.
The experience at Countryside Montessori Academy is designed to provide a foundation of learning that lasts a lifetime.
In the Montessori classroom, academic readiness is not the only focus. The teacher is interested in the whole child, the child's ability to communicate and co-operate, and most importantly the child's willingness to accept and master new experiences.
The common bond between all of the staff at CMA is “love of the child.” The role of a Montessori teacher is one of a guide and observer. The teacher builds an atmosphere of calm and order and encourages the children in all of their efforts, thus promoting self-confidence and discipline. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Toddler Class (ages 18 months - 3 years of age)
8:45-9:30 Outside
9:30-10:00 Circle time
10:00-11:15 Work Cycle
11:15-11:30 Storytime
11:30-11:45 Movement Circle (songs, games,dance)
11:45-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:30 Children set up for nap
12:30-2:00 Nap Time
12:30-1:00 Children that don't sleep rest
1:00-2:00 Work Cycle
2:00-2:25 Clean the classroom
2:25-2:45 Dissmisal
Primary Class (ages 3-6 years of age)
8:45-9:30 Outside
9:30-10:00 Circle time
10:00-11:15 Work Cycle
11:15-11:30 Storytime
11:30-11:45 Movement Circle (songs, games,dance)
11:45-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:30 Children set up for nap
12:30-2:00 Nap Time
12:30-1:00 Children that don't sleep rest
1:00-2:00 Work Cycle
2:00-2:25 Clean the classroom
2:25-2:45 Dissmisal
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Excerpted from the preschool's website