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Northfield Montessori

340 Montessori Court
Northfield, MN 55057

Phone:
(507) 663-1279

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"One of Northfield Montessori's underlying goals is to develop a sense of community among our families. We want our families to feel connected to each other beyond drop off and pick up of their children.Our hope is to help foster this sense of community through volunteerism.
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Develop a positive attitude toward school
Most of the learning activities are individualized and the children engage in learning tasks that have particular appeal to them since they are geared to their needs and level of readiness. They work at their own pace, repeating the task as often as desired. In doing so, they experience a series of successful achievements and develop a positive attitude toward learning.

Develop self confidence
Many elementary and secondary school children have difficultly in school because they do not have confidence in themselves as individuals or as students. To prevent and overcome this difficultly, Montessori tasks are designed so that each new step is built on past successes. Such success develops self confidence, assures that the children can learn and contributes to sound emotional and academic development.

Building concentration
Based on this program of step-by-step learning, the children form habits of extended attention and increased concentration abilities.

Fostering an abiding curiosity
To be a successful adult, we must be students all our lives. A deep, persistent and abiding curiosity fosters on-going creative learning. By providing children with opportunities to discover qualities, dimensions and relationships in a rich variety of learning situations, the natural desire to know is developed into a life long habit of creative learning.

Initiative and persistence
By surrounding children with appealing materials and activities geared to their needs and current level of capability and encouraging involvement on their own, the child gradually develops the habit of initiative. Since ground rules call for completing a task once it has begun and for replacing materials after the task is accomplished, the habit of persistence is also fostered. Both initiative and persistence are key elements to success in learning, working and relationships.

Security and sense of order
Through a well ordered, enriched and organized environment, children's natural need for order and security is satisfied. Since every item in a Montessori classroom has a place and since ground rules requires that everything be in its place, they learn to maintain order. Such an environment has a calming effect on children and promotes a sense of security essential to sound emotional growth.

Develop sensory motor skills
Montessori activities call for handling and manipulating a wide variety of specially designed materials. In addition to accommodating and directing children's energies, these tasks teach control and coordination of large and small muscles. Such control and coordination are important to a wide spectrum of activities including learning to write, play a musical instrument and/or athletic performance.

Sharpen the ability to differentiate and judge
Sorting and matching activities teach children to note similarities and differences in size, shape, color, texture, odor, sound and the like, shaping this sensory acuity. This is the foundation on which to build the ability to differentiate and judge various qualities in their ever expanding world.

Social development
Through working and interacting with others, children learn to cooperate with and refrain from infringing on the rights of others. Ground rules direct and limit such interaction, fostering an understanding and appreciation of respect for others.

Creative intelligence and imagination
Through stimulating programmed activities, the child is encouraged to implement exciting feelings and perceptions of the school experience. In acquiring thousands of clear perceptions from well planned practical life, sensorial, mathematical, musical, art, language and science activities, the child masters mental building blocks needed to grasp the ever increasing ideas and concepts for learning and living effectively and successfully.

The goals of Montessori education are to help each child develop fundamental habits, attitudes, skills, appreciations and ideas for a lifetime of successful learning and living.


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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Infant :
The following schedule describes the program plan for infants, age 6
weeks to 16 months. Children are supervised at all times, Monday
through Friday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

6:30 - 8:30 am
Infants
arrive at varying times, staff will obtain parents' information, and
infants have quiet floor activities including balls and rattles.

7:00 - 9:00 am
Northfield Montessori provides fruit, cereal and juice for breakfast. Parents provide formula for bottle feedings.

9:30 - 11:00 am
Special
activities to stimulate various age groups, and there are naps for
younger infants. Activities may be individual or done in groups of 2 or
3. Areas of focus include small muscles, exercise and free exploration.

11:00 - 12:30 pm
Northfield Montessori provides table food for lunch and infants are fed in infant seats, high chairs or held.

12:30 - 2:30 pm
This is quiet time for older infants to nap.

2:30 - 3:30 pm
This is quiet time for younger infants to nap.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
The
infants are introduced to other areas and people. This includes special
activities, walks, stroller rides and visits to other rooms.

5:00 - 6:00 pm
Staff members speak with parents, relaying any concerns or items of interest from the day.

Toddler :
The following schedule describes the program plan for toddlers, age 16
months to 33 months. Children are supervised at all times, Monday
through Friday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

6:00 - 8:00 am
Toodlers
arrive at varying times, staff will obtain parents' information, and
toddlers have breakfast time. This creates a warm and friendly
environment to welcome the children.

8:00 - 8:30 am
Children
are still arriving and are greeted, along with having the use of the
gym and play equipment, puzzles, coloring and play-doh. This develops
small and large muscle groups and social skills.

8:30 - 9:00 am
This is Group and Story Time which encourages social and language development.

9:00 - 9:20 am
Music experiences, instruments will be rotated between classes. This develops an appreciation for the arts.

9:20 - 9:30 am
Hand washing before snack time. This helps reinforce personal hygiene.

9:30 - 9:45 am
Snack and clean-up time, and the toddlers practice appropriate table manners and develop nutritional eating habits.

9:45 - 10:00 am
Bathroom time to promote personal care and hygiene.

10:00 - 10:30 am
Art experience and table activities to encourage intellectual, social, visual and creative development.

10:30 - 10:45 am
Building blocks and table activities for small muscle development.

10:45 - 11:15 am
Outside time (weather permitting) for large muscle development.

11:15 - 11:30 am
Hand washing in preparation for lunch.

11:30 - 12:00 pm
Lunch time.

12:00 - 12:30 pm
Bathroom time to promote personal care and hygiene.

12:30 - 2:30 pm
This is nap time.

2:30 - 2:40 pm
Bathroom time to promote personal care and hygiene.

2:40 - 3:00 pm
This is snack time to develop skills for good nutrition, manners and a feeling of independence.

3:00 - 3:30 pm
Story time to develop language and listening skills.

3:30 - 4:00 pm
This
is outdoor play time (weather permitting), otherwise indoor play on gym
and play equipment. This includes large muscle activities to develop
coordination and a sense of independence.

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Building blocks and table activities for small muscle development.


Preschool :
The following schedule describes the program plan for pre-schoolers, age 33 months to 5 years. Children are supervised at all times, Monday through Friday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

6:00 - 8:30 am
Pre-schoolers arrive at varying times, staff will obtain parents' information, and pre-schoolers have breakfast and activity time. This includes using the gym and play equipment. This creates a warm and friendly environment to weloome the children, and develops small and large muscle groups and social skills.

8:30 - 8:50 am
This is Circle Time including calendar and weather, Good Morning song and presentation of material. This encourages social and language development.

8:50 - 9:15 am
A variety of large muscle activities are introduced to the children. Music is added to enhance the enjoyment.

9:15 - 9:30 am
Hand washing and bathroom break before snack time. This helps reinforce personal hygiene.

9:30 - 9:45 am
Snack and clean-up time, and the pre-schoolers practice appropriate table manners and develop nutritional eating habits.

9:45 - 11:00 am
This is Montessori Work Time where a variety of activities are available to the children. Teachers work with individual children, as well as small groups to introduce Montessori materials. Children are free to choose their own 'work' from all areas of the Montessori classroom. These activities encourage prosocial behaviors such as taking turns, sharing and working with a friend. This also includes developing independence and initiative in the children, along with encouraging problem solving and critical thinking skills.

11:00 - 11:30 am
This is free play time including books, puzzles, dress up clothes and outside (weather permitting.)

11:30 - 12:00 pm
Lunch time

12:00 - 12:30 pm
This is story time, along with other quiet activities such as puzzles and books.

12:30 - 1:00 pm
This is Circle Time with stories, finger plays and presentation of materials. This promotes social and language development.

1:00 - 2:30 pm
This is Montessori work time, to encourage social and intellectual development.

2:30 - 3:00 pm
Time for singing, large muscle activities, games and finger plays. It encourages large muscle skills and dramatic activity.

3:00 - 3:10 pm
Bathroom break and hand washing, to develop personal hygiene skills.

3:10 - 3:30 pm
Snack time which also develops appropriate table manners and nutritional habits.

3:30 - 4:00 pm
Closing activities for the pre-school day. This is time for reinforcing concepts learned during the day and encourages positive social interaction.

4:00 - 6:00 pm
This is Daycare Time including art projects, free play and outside time.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website