200 N 1st St
Rockford, IL 61107-3901
"Our mission is to prepare each child for life, in cooperation with parents, by providing a unique and stimulating educational environment which fosters a love for learning.
The Montessori philosophy holds that each child is unique with his or her own talents and abilities, and that each child's educational experience should foster the growth of the whole child: intellectually, physically, psychologically and morally. We emphasize the dignity of the child, the value of purposeful work, the development of order, language, concentration, independence, manners,courtesy, and cooperative learning.
Listed below are core principles, which we believe embody the essence of Montessori and are meant to serve as a guide in our efforts to achieve the mission.
Maria Montessori espoused education for life. Children naturally have a love of learning and will find joy and fulfillment in new discoveries. As learning and growth occur the child's self-worth increases.
The child's work is process rather than product oriented. His work strengthens his concentration and offers an intrinsic reward.
The role of the adult is to guide each child through the natural processof learning. This is done through observation and assessment of the child's individual needs.
There are periods of time in which the child more readily absorbs specific information and refines skills. These sensitive periods must guide the curriculum. The environment and teaching methods are designed to be fluid and will reflect the changing needs of the children as they continue to move through developmental stages towards maturation.
The Montessori classroom has the atmosphere of order, beauty and harmony which is inviting to the children when choosing works. The children work both independently as well as with a group throughout their day.
Excerpted from the preschool's website