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Big Blue Marble Montessori School

2 Martin Court #3
Easton, MD 21601

Phone:
(410) 763-6953

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

From the Director:

The young child has an incredibly absorbent mind. They like to have choices. They appreciate beauty and are attracted to beautiful things. Active learners, they need to move. Growth is rapid and erratic. A Montessori classroom is very carefully prepared to address these qualities and needs, using a method that has been practiced around the world for more than a hundred years.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Montessori equipment & materials
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori equipment & materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • biology, botany, animal classification
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught skills for self-care & daily living , geometry, geography & cultural studies, art appreciation, music appreciation, social courtesy

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

A Montessori teacher is trained to offer instruction individually; occasionally in small groups. Observation guides the pace and choice of lessons offered. There is no "ahead" or "behind." We work wherever each child is, developmentally.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Most schools don’t start teaching until a child reaches the age of five. Pre-k programs tend to be play school with dress up, pretend kitchens, toys and art. The young child is capable of much more.

Big Blue Marble Montessori School offers an academic alternative, setting younger children on a lifelong path to learning. Children begin to view learning and lessons as fun and exciting, not rigid and boring. Education IS play, presented correctly to the young child.

We offer the highest caliber program available for early childhood education in Talbot County, and are licensed and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

A Typical Day

Upon arrival, the class gathers as a group, then is released to work singularly or in small groups. Instruction is individualized. As lessons accumulate, students are guided to work in:

• skills for self-care & daily living
• using senses to distinguish shapes, sounds,
gradients of color, & units of measurement
• language development & reading
• mathematics & geometry
• geography & cultural studies
• science, botany & zoology
• art & art appreciation
• music & music appreciation

Snack and outdoor play is mid-morning. Some children depart at noon, others stay for lunch, recess and an afternoon session that includes a nap.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are welcome to observe in the classroom. Conferences are held in October and March. Parent education is available and we encourage activities to bridge home and school to foster learning skills.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Visits to school by the child and/or teacher home visits before school starts can reduce anxiety so school is a familiar place. We encourage a "kiss and go" to preclude a long, drawn out, painful goodbye. Engaging a child in conversation, a song or a story can help. Some children need to be held. Sometimes another child helps. Each situation is different.