142 Meadow Lane
Los Alamos, NM 87544
"Sage Cottage follows the educational philosophy set forth by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori was the first woman physician to graduate from the University of Rome. She became involved in education as a doctor treating children labeled as retarded. Later, in 1906, she opened a day care center for the children of desperately poor families in the San Lorenzo slums of Rome.
The basic philosophy of Montessori education is that all children are to be respected as individuals who are different from adults and from one another, children create themselves through purposeful activity, and the most important years for learning are from birth to age 6.
The "Whole Child" approach: Help each child reach full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote development of social skills, emotional growth, physical coordination, and cognitive preparation.
The "Prepared Environment: To promote self-directed learning, the teacher provides the whole learning environment with necessary resources for the child to build self-confidence while trying new things.
The Montessori Materials: Dr. Montessori's observations of children's play led her to design a number of multi-sensory sequential and self-correcting materials which facilitate the learning of skills and concepts.
The Teacher: Originally called a "Directress", the Montessori teacher functions as a facilitator of learning. She is a role model, designer of the environment, resource person, demonstrator, record-keeper and observer of each child's growth and development. She encourages, respects, and loves each child as a special, unique individual; and provides support for parents in partnership to nurture the development of the child.
Montessori education teaches children to observe, think, and to judge. It introduces children to the joy of learning at an early age and provides a framework in which intellectual and social discipline go hand-in-hand.
Excerpted from the preschool's website