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Horizon Montessori School

3175 Mayfield Rd
Cleveland, OH 44118

Phone:
(216) 321-9034

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Horizon Montessori was founded in 1973 to provide for young children an atmosphere of responsibility and freedom – a realistic setting in which children can creatively develop an awareness of themselves and others.

Located on half an acre of land in Cleveland Heights, we offer the advantages of a cosmopolitan neighborhood, with the added feature of a spacious outdoor environment for nature study and recreation.

At Horizon Montessori School, we are concerned with the child's most important creation: himself. Children who are happy and at peace with themselves will naturally extend themselves to others. Among our children, there is a feeling of unity and respect that goes beyond the classroom and will, we feel, remain a vital part of their lives.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

At Horizon Montessori School, we are concerned with the child's most important creation: the self. Children who are happy and at peace with themselves will naturally extend themselves to others. Among our children, there is a feeling of unity and respect that goes beyond the classroom and will, we feel, remain a vital part of their lives. The principle of inner strength extending outward is what Dr. Montessori envisioned as the basis for children's future, a concept which we have seen realized in hundreds of Horizon alumni.

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
  • 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 We include a complete Montessori curriculum in all three classrooms; biology, zoology, geography, botany, and physical science are included in our language materials.

From the Director:

Montessori believes that children develop best--intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially--when given a rich learning environment where they are permitted to act freely, within appropriate social limits.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are presented learning materials in all four main areas of the classroom--practical living, sensorial, math, and language--on an individualized basis, to give children a chance to develop to their optimum ability, without the stress of competition and with the recognition of "personal best" achievement.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Horizon Montessori, we provide for young children an atmosphere of responsibility and freedom, a realistic setting in which children creatively develop an awareness of themselves and others. An interested and enthusiastic staff and deeply committed parents work together to help children realize their full potential in the exciting process of learning and self-discovery.

A Typical Day

The Enrichment (full day, year-round) class begins at 7:30 a.m. Children who arrive early may help prepare their classroom for the day or eat breakfast from home. A brief group activity to welcome everyone for the day occurs around 9 a.m., before children begin their work cycle. In late morning, children play in our beautiful back yard, then come inside for a community lunch (with candles and flowers!) and nap time. At 2 p.m., the cycle begins anew, and chlidren work with materials until their parents arrive for them; school closes at 6 p.m.
Morning and afternoon snack are an exercise in gracious living, partially prepared by the children themselves.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to call whenever they desire, to talk over a family event that might influence their child's activity or behavior in the class. We have two parent orientation meetings in September, to discuss Montessori philosophy and materials. Parent observations and conferences are scheduled twice a year, to keep parents apprised of their children's total development.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is managed on an individual basis; with very young children, a parent may sit quietly near the classroom until the child is sufficiently absorbed in his/her activities to permit the parent to leave. We take our cue from the child.