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Keystone Montessori School

73 Princeton St
North Chelmsford, MA 01863-1558

(978) 251-2929


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Keystone Montessori School is based on the philosophy, teachings, and materials developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Our environment is enriched by current research in child development, conflict resolution, and psychology.
· We believe that each child is born as a unique individual.
We are trained as Montessori teachers and committed as individuals to observe each child's behavior and interests and to prepare our classrooms so that they reflect each individual's tendencies and needs.

· We believe parents are the most significant adults in a child's life.
We strive to create a partnership with each family to create a positive environment for each child. We want to create a learning environment for parents as well as their children and be a resource for the community.

· We believe that a nurturing community supports the growth of each individual.
When children are involved in a supportive, success oriented community, they learn to take responsibility for themselves as individuals, and are sensitive to their own needs and those of others.

· We believe that we are all part of a world community.
We strive to encourage our children to strengthen their own cultural identity as well as to understand the world's diversity and to appreciate each individual's strengths and differences.

· We are committed to respect of our natural environment.
We believe our children are key players in the earth's future. We strive to help the children understand their part in the web of life and how they can help our earth's threatened resources. We strive to encourage knowledge and respect for the earth and its creatures, no matter how small.

· We believe the success of our program is in the dedication of our faculty and staff.
We support our teachers with the training, freedom, and resources to create the very best and unique learning environment for our children. We provide opportunities for each teacher to grow professionally to succeed. Our teachers create a loving and nurturing environment to foster each child's individual growth.

· We believe in positive discipline.
We establish consistent age appropriate limits to help each child function in his world. Our programs are designed to provide each child with a sense of independence and responsibility. We aim to create a community where children can observe and practice social skills, conflict resolution, and community building.

· We utilize the philosophy and materials developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.
These materials are designed to provide each child with successful learning experiences. Each material is self-correcting. Children can choose freely, with guidance, providing an individualized developmental program for each child. The classroom environment cultivates concentration, coordination, independence, and a sense of order. We create classrooms that are safe, clean, healthy, oriented to children, attractive, and which allow freedom of choice and freedom of movement.

Excerpted from the preschool's website