4369 Valley Pike
Dayton, OH 45424
We are a private school with two preschool/kindergarten classrooms, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary. Our educational approach follows the Montessori Method and the individual child's needs.
|Play- based||mostly teacher led||not formally in curriculum||conducive environment|
|Nursery rhymes, poems, songs|
|Emerging literacy skills|
|Math & number sense|
|Time & space|
|Sci. reasoning/physical world|
|Other subjects taught||Students attend Spanish class once a week. All other subjects are incorporated into the curriculum by the classroom teachers. Piano lessons are available for an extra fee.|
From the Director:
Montessori classrooms are highly recognizable for our use of Montessori materials, highly ordered and beautiful presentation of the materials, child-sized furniture and equipment, and absence of teacher-focus (no "front" of the classroom or teacher desk). The best way to learn about Montessori education is to come see it in action.
All students learn according to their own pace, needs, and abilities. Most lessons are delivered one-on-one with the teacher and child, or in a small group of students who are ready for the same lesson.
Our staff and current parents take pride in the safe, peaceful environment we have created. Students come into our building and feel comfortable and happy to be learning. Staff are happy to be there. Parents feel safe leaving their children.
Most of the morning and afternoon work time is spent in independent work, with children choosing their own works (the ones they have been presented by the teacher) and being called to individual or small group lessons. Snack and nap is available for when students need them. Bathrooms are in each classroom so children can go without asking permission. Preschool/kindergarten students have an outdoor recess in the morning and in the afternoon. Full-day students bring their lunches and sit together, using real table and silver wear, learning table manners and how to clean up after themselves.
Our learning style is a wonderful transition between home-schooling and traditional classroom environments. Students can learn how to follow a system, work with others, and other necessary skills while maintaining the values of home schooling, such as moving at their own pace and taking time to delve into topics of interest.
Each student attends an orientation to meet his/her teacher a few days, if not the day, before starting school. On the first day, I, the Head of School, am always at the door to greet new students and help them in to their classrooms if they need help.
Also, we have a staggered-start so that each age group gets comfortable before the younger students come in and need more of the teachers' attention. The first week, kindergarten and elementary students start. The second week, the four year olds start The next week, the three year olds start.