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Children's Center Montessori

1536 Minnehaha Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55104

(651) 645-6053


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate the child's own natural desire to learn.
In the classroom this objective is approached in two ways: first, by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by his or her own choice rather than by being forced; and second, by helping the child to perfect all the natural tools for learning so that his or her ability will be at a maximum in future learning situations.
The use of the materials is based on the young child's unique aptitude for learning--the "absorbent mind", as described by Dr. Maria Montessori. In her writings she frequently compared the young mind to a sponge. It literally absorbs information from the environment. Since children retain this ability to learn by absorbing until they are almost seven years old, their experiences could be enriched by a classroom where they could handle materials which would demonstrate basic educational information to them.
The sensitive periods for early learning are vital. These are periods of intense fascination for learning a particular characteristic or skill. It is easier for children to learn a particular skill during the corresponding sensitive period than at any other time in their lives. The classroom takes advantage of this fact by allowing children freedom to select individual activities which correspond to their own interests for that particular period of time.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:30 School Opens
9:00 Morning Session Begins
9:50-10:30 Snack Available
10:30 Morning Group Lesson
11:15 Lunch/Morning Gym or Playground Period
11:50 Story Time
12:00 Afternoon Session Begins
12:50-1:30 Snack Available
1:30 Afternoon Group Lesson
2:15 Afternoon Gym or Playground Period
2:50 Story Time
3:00 Late Afternoon Session Begins
5:00 School Closes"
Excerpted from the preschool's website