149 Hall Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
"We at the Montessori Children's House of Valley Forge believe that a large portion of an individual's pattern of behavior develops during childhood. We feel that the goal of early childhood is to stimulate the formation of those patterns which will be of the greatest benefit in future learning situations. Our most important objective, as a Montessori school, is to cultivate the child's natural curiosity and desire to learn. We do this through the development of:
Positive self image - In a Montessori classroom the activities are child-directed, non-competitive and self-correcting. As a result, each child experiences success rather than frustration. This develops the child's sense of self-esteem and self-confidence and allows him or her to be self-motivated.
Concentration and persistence - Since each activity in the classroom has a beginning, middle and end, this helps the child to develop a sense of order and to also increase his or her attention span. The activities and the classroom set-up allows each child to follow through the steps of an activity with a teacher or an assistant always available to answer any questions or help with difficulties. Thus, the child gains the ability to work independently with the inner discipline to follow the project to completion.
Cooperation and respect for others and the environment - Each child is free to choose to work alone or with another child. Working with a friend encourages cooperation and harmony. If the child chooses to work alone, he or she learns to respect the other children in the classroom and knows not to disturb one another. Every item in the Montessori classroom has a specific place and when a child finishes with an activity, he or she returns each item to its appropriate place. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website