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Evergreen Montessori School

10700 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20902

Phone:
(301) 942-5979

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Evergreen is a Montessori School for children age 2 to grade three. Our Montessori program and experienced, expert teachers provide a foundation for each child's success by providing an engaging, hands-on, sensory environment.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Spanish, music, PE, art, drama

From the Director:

Children use the Montessori approach to develop critical thinking skills, creativity and problem solving. In the classroom, children choose from a wide variety of stimulating hands on activities that build intellectual capacity under the supervision of expert, experienced teachers.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child works at his or her own pace in each area of the curriculum. Children work with teachers individually or in small groups, and his/her progress is charted. Every child has special qualities that are celebrated. The multiage classroom is a wonderful community of individuals who care for each other and their environment.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Evergreen School is a close-knit, culturally rich community dedicated to a Montessori education that focuses on partnership, independence, and mutual trust and respect.

A Typical Day

Children work in multiage classrooms which are carefully designed for their developmental needs. Specialists in the areas of physical educaiton, music, and Spanish present lessons twice a week.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Each child's education is a partnership between the home and the school. Parents are a child's first teachers, and only when the school can work together with the parents can the child develop to his/her fullest potential. We have lots of events throughout the school year dedicated to developing community, fostering parent education about the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, and communicating each child's progress and development.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Once a child is enrolled, we introduce the new family to a "buddy" family that they can ask questions and get familiar with the routines of school. We encourage the families to set up play dates, so that the new child has a friend when he or she is ready to start school. Just before the year begins, a returning family hosts a potluck dinner for the families in the classroom. The new family has a chance to broaden their circle and meet others. On the start date, parents are invited to morning coffee with the Head of School. About 2 weeks into the new school year, the school has a fall festival celebration.