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Far Horizons Montessori School

613 Pointe North Boulevard
Albany, GA 31721

Phone:
(229) 438-0192

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The classroom teacher at Far Horizons is keenly aware of the specific needs of each child. She observes the child as he works and quietly offers guidance, as needed, along the way. When the child masters one skill, she introduces a new activity or material with the next appropriate challenge. The teacher works in collaboration with the child helping him build self confidence and self-esteem as he learns to work and think for himself through independent discovery. The specially trained teacher in a Montessori classroom is the essential link between the child and our carefully prepared environment. Her individualized lessons facilitate each child's exploration and encourage independence.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The children at Far Horizons are encouraged to explore, investigate, and fulfill their natural curiosity about the world around them. Under the careful guidance of our teachers, children develop at their own pace in a stimulating and nurturing environment. They experience school as an adventure - one that inspires a lifetime of learning and discovery.

A Typical Day

When you walk into a Far Horizons classroom, the first thing you notice is that everyone is busy. There is a variety of activity in the classroom as well as a great deal of movement.

One child is counting beads on a hundred chain labeling each group of ten; others are working together on a puzzle map of South America. A child sits in a rocking chair as she reads to herself. Nearby, several children are working independently with the moveable alphabet, spelling phonetic words and sentences. Still others are working on practical life and sensorial activities such as table washing, sewing, mirror polishing, and sound cylinders. Over in the corner of the room, a teacher introduces new language activity to a small group of children.

Each child is engaged with an activity of choice. He will complete the activity cycle, and then may continue using the material as long as it holds his interest. When he is finished, he will return the material to the shelf and select another.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year