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Badlands Head Start

Po Box 203
Buffalo, SD 57720

(605) 375-3179


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe that each child is a unique and extraordinary individual with his or her own set of gifts, interests and needs.
We believe that if we encourage the natural curiosity of the child, the child will develop confidence in his or her ability to master any subject or skill.
We believe that if we respect and nurture what is already within each child, the child will have the opportunity to become everything he or she can be.We believe that even very young children have the capacity to absorb astonishing amounts of information and to develop extraordinary skills.
We are parents. We have seen this with our own children.We have chosen to be a Montessori school because the Montessori philosophy mirrors our own beliefs. Maria Montessori believed that within each child lie the seeds of who the child will become.Her educational methods were designed to foster the unique and highly individual development of each child.The Montessori preschool curriculum introduces the child to writing, reading, arithmetic, science, geography and other academic skills. It helps the child develop auditory, visual and other sensory discrimination. It assists the child to develop practical life skills, encouraging the child to become independent.The Montessori grade school curriculum offers the child the opportunity to explore the larger world. It builds on the child's academic foundation and nurtures the child's nascent abilities in abstract and critical thinking. It continues to encourage each child's unique development while fostering the abilityto work and learn as a group.
We have chosen to enrich the Montessori curriculum with fine art, musical training and foreign languages. We believe that the earlier these activities are introduced, the more likely the child is to carry the skills and appreciation of them into the child's adult years.Ultimately, our goal is to foster a love of learning that the child will carry throughout his or her life. By creating our vision of the best possible school for our own children, we believe that we can help you to provide an extraordinary education for yours."
Excerpted from the preschool's website