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Stoneridge Children's Montessori School

290 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915

(978) 927-0700


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"In keeping with the Montessori method, Stoneridge endeavors to create a carefully prepared
classroom environment that fully engages each child in a developmentally appropriate way. Th e
prepared environment, which consists of furnishings and learning materials that are designed to
lead each child from concrete concepts to abstract and in-depth understanding, is one of two key
components of the Montessori Method. Th e other is the Montessori teacher, a knowledgeable,
sensitive, and rigorously trained adult who prepares the environment each day and serves as a guide to
the children.
Th e term “guide� extends from Maria Montessori's belief that “education is not something that a
leader does, but a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human being.� Th e child holds the
pattern for his or her development within, and the teacher, through observation and experimentation
within the prepared environment, provides the experiences that the child requires for growth and
Th e academic program at Stoneridge is a carefully designed continuum based on Maria Montessori's
Four Planes of Development theory and the home-like, family-based model of peer interaction that
she put forth. With the exception of the Toddler House Program, each classroom is organized in a
cross-age, mixed gender grouping of children based on three year developmental cycles and prepares
each third year class to transition to the next developmental cycle and the next grouping of children.
Brief descriptions of classes by age grouping follow. Back to School Night in early September helps
parents learn about specifi c daily practices in their own children's classrooms. We also encourage
parents to attend the many parent education opportunities off ered throughout the year to learn more
about the Montessori method and specifi c curriculum goals. Finally, please take advantage of our
library's extensive collection of Montessori publications."
Excerpted from the preschool's website