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Maplewood Montessori School

205 Woodford Street
Portland, ME 04103

(207) 772-2833


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We recognize that the young child has unique capabilities for absorbing information and culture, unparalleled by any other time in his/her life, and that the mind has a remarkable ability to sort and order this information. We utilize the sensitive periods of development described by Dr. Maria Montessori as guidelines in planning our curriculum; these include sensitive periods for the absorption of language, attention to order and detail, movement and refining sensorial perceptions. In addition, we agree that character development at this age is best taught through simple grace and courtesy lessons as children widen their social circle and become active participants in a community beyond family.

We seek to offer children a non-competitive, joyful and healthy learning atmosphere, which is well ordered and sequentially structured according to skill level, and where human relations and social skills are exemplified in such a way that they can be imitated.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:30am - 8:45am Drop-off
9:00am Circle (morning group time)
9:30am - 10:45am Work Time
10:45am - 11:00am Closing Circle
11:00am - 11:30am Outdoor Time / Morning Pick-up
11:30am - 12:00pm Extended day outdoor time
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm - 12:45pm Extended Day Chapter Book
12:45pm - 1:05pm Journal
1:05pm - 2:05pm Work Time
2:05pm - 2:15pm Closing activities
2:15pm Outdoor Time and Pick-up
2:30pm Pick-up
Excerpted from the preschool's website