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Montessori Mountainside School

6089 John Barton Payne Rd
Marshall, VA 20115-2336

(540) 364-3222


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We are delighted that you are considering our Montessori environment as your child's "home away from home". We appreciate the trust you are placing in us, and we shall strive our utmost to make your child's most formative years happy, safe, loving, challenging, and most importantly- exciting!
We will be working to develop an independent, self-directed, self-confident, caring and happy child. Our ultimate goal is to stimulate curiosity and to expand his or her intellect and knowledge."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Children come into the school, greet the teachers, hang up their coats, and begin their days. They move about the classroom from activity to activity, unrolling a small rug for work on the floor or sitting at a table, talking or working with a friend or choosing to work alone, sitting back to observe as they wish. Each child manipulates materials of interest to him, receives lessons from the teacher on new material, shares snack with a friend, and so forth. The materials in the classroom are grouped into the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Art, Science, Geography, and Cultural. Toward the end of the morning, the children gather in a circle to hear a story read aloud, share news, sing songs, and recite poems. The final half-hour of each morning is spent at outside play, weather permitting.
After outside play, the Extended Day program continues with lunch, followed by another period of work. Some group quests are made in the afternoon, with all the children exploring a certain art form, collaborating on a session of storytelling or dramatization, or delving into a science experiment. Individual pursuits also continue at a pace established by each child for himself. Extended Day concludes with another circle for a review of the day and a story before outside play."
Excerpted from the preschool's website