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Children's Garden Montessori School

2144 Kipling
Houston, TX 77098

Phone:
(713) 529-3354

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The Children’s Garden Montessori School was founded in 1984. The current owner, Anne Edwards, has been directing the school since 1990 and owned it since 1991. The school has built an excellent reputation in the community as an outstanding Montessori preschool with many current students that are siblings of former students. The Children’s Garden Montessori School provides a learning experience for children ages 6 weeks through 6 years. The classroom is an environment carefully prepared to the “sensitive periods” for learning. These periods manifest in the child’s fascination for learning a specific characteristic or skill at a particular time. The school takes advantage of this by providing an environment with materials that appeal to the various senses and satisfy the sensitive periods through which a child passes. Each child gradually earns the freedom to select activities which correspond to his or her own natural desire to learn.

Many attractive materials are arranged on low shelves within easy reach of the children. Small tables, chairs, rugs and mats serve as work areas. The children engage in activities which require specific movements that develop muscular control and coordination while doing their work. They may be seen walking, carrying, pouring, sweeping, and conversing during the day. The Montessori classroom is a happy, active environment.

The classroom also provides freedom within a social setting. Every individual has the freedom to pursue their own needs, as long as that freedom does not interfere with others’ rights and needs. Social development is encourage with an emphasis on cooperative learning and shared responsibility.

Our teachers are certified and trained in the Montessori curriculum or have their child development associate degrees (CDA’s). All staff members are CPR and first-aid trained. Each year they receive training in early childhood development to further their knowledge of the behavioral patterns of the young child.

The Children’s Garden Montessori School is licensed by the State of Texas – Department of Human Services with class sizes that correspond to a workable distribution of age, sex, and maturity as best determined by the Director.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

From the Director:

The Children’s Garden Montessori School is a community of young children and their families. Our philosophy in creating this community is based on respect: Respect for the child as a whole person. Respect for each child as a unique and special individual. Respect for the right of each child to grow and develop to their fullest potential. Respect for the family. Respect for the right of each child to experience a nurturing, fulfilling childhood. The Children’s Garden Montessori School accepts children of all economic, cultural, religious and/or ethnic backgrounds.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Spanish Dance Gymnastics

From the Director:

Our concern is the Child’s total growth and development. East aspect of development needs to be carefully planned for and periodically assessed. As such, our program is designed to meet these needs accordingly.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The children in the 3-6 Class learn from an integrated, theme-based curriculum based on Reading Readiness and Math Readiness. Reading readiness skills are incorporated into the majority of the curriculum. They include basic reading skills such as learning to look at a page from the top to the bottom, viewing a page from left to right and opening a book from the right side. The PATHS curriculum is implemented to help foster social and emotional development of the young child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Children Come First.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Inside Art Work
Help prepare snack
Listen to music
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Outside (rainy days – toys)
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Inside
First morning group:
Greetings
Calendar
Flag salute
Presentation of new work
Spanish
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Outside (rainy days – toys)
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Songs – Lunch preparation
Lunch
Clean-up
Nap preparation
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Quiet time
Book time
Nap
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Continued nap or
Independent work time (Montessori)
Small group work
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Outside play
Afternoon group:
Story time
Games
Independent (discovery) work

The times are approximate, depending on the work flow and temperament of the class. Lessons are planned for each day, but sometimes children bring in something to share for an impromptu lesson.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Infant and Toddlers receive daily notes describing their custodial needs as well has anecdotal notes. The Transition and 3-6 Class receive verbal descriptions of their day. Each classroom posts a calendar describing daily activities.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have an open door policy. Parents are welcome to visit or have lunch with their child as they see the need.