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Bay Montessori School

20525 Willows Rd
Lexington Park, MD 20653-3710

(301) 737-2421


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our mission is to provide a safe, stimulating, challenging, environment in which our children may peak their curiosity and overcome developmental hurdles in the exploration of themselves and our world. Each child leaving Bay Montessori School has a sense of independence, self-esteem, self-confidence, self discipline, and responsibility, prepared to meet and overcome challenges they will encounter as they continue to grow and explore post-Montessori.

The primary goal of Bay Montessori School is to help each child reach full potential in all areas of his or her life. The Montessori approach is not just a method; it is a response to life. Bay Montessori School provides an environment that is enriched with materials that meet the developmental needs of the child. Each specifically designed classroom is scaled to the size of the child and will allow the child to learn at his or her own pace. The child will participate in the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination. The task of the Directress is to prepare the environment, guide the child to it and assist in the unfolding of the child's being.

Montessori Educational Philosophy

Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) dedicated her life to the improvement of humankind through the education of children. The first woman to become a physician in Italy, she studied, worked with and made observations about children that evolved into a method of education. This method transcends differences in culture, language and religion and continues to be implemented in schools throughout the world.

The foundation of the Montessori method was Dr. Montessori's discovery that children are their own teachers, taking in all that they can from their surroundings to quench their inherent and spontaneous thirst to learn. The Montessori method has three distinguishing components.

1. A prepared environment , carefully designed to be aesthetically intriguing so as to call to the child's needs to learn about the world and become an independent functioning person.
2. The passive-supportive role of the teacher is one who presents the materials and holds his or her activities and authority in abeyance while being available to each child needed.

3. The highest degree of respect for the child.

Each child is revered as an individual. No one gets ahead of or behind another as each learns at his or her own pace with learning materials designed to teach a specific skill. This addressed the particular stage of mental, physical and social development of the child. The children are grouped by developmental stage rather than grade for the benefit of learning at their own pace as well as from one another. Dr. Montessori observed that every child develops through the same sensitive periods, which modern science, upon making the same discovery, has termed "critical periods". The Montessori method follows the development of each child through their sensitive periods, allowing him, or her, the freedom to experience their "auto-education" in a classroom which cultivates his or her natural desire to learn and become their individual self.

An advocate of peace, Maria Montessori was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. In the Montessori environment a sense of community is strong as the children help each other and grow together. The materials and atmosphere are an aid to life for the child, providing the tools for self discovery as he and she endeavor to reach their potential.

Excerpted from the preschool's website