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Montessori Preparatory School

4811 High Street West
Portsmouth, VA 23703

Phone:
(757) 484-7229

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Montessori teachers, and those working with specialities in Montessori classrooms are excellent in their ability to descern whether a student is ready for a skill or needs more preparation for the individualized learning. All children progress at their own speed and the teachers are aware of which student need more instruction.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our school follows the philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori, who believed that children should be free to discover their world, and to develop life skills through activities that captalize on the natural curiosity and rapidity with which young children learn. Central to the Montessori method is the belief that positive learning habits and attitudes are best formed during the first six years of life. Our Montessoi program utilizes a wide variety of age appropriate materials designed to develop a child's concentration, coordination, work habits, and feeling of independence.
These materials help the child learn concepts such as geometric shape, weight, texture and sound, as well as providing experience in working with numbers and language skills.
Unlike conventional preschool classrooms, which stress rote memorization by the entire group, our teachers help children to develop their analytical abilities by encouraging curiousity and problem solving skills. Creative expression is encouraged through art, music, yoga, and outdoor play.

A Typical Day

Line time...song time until all students arrive, role taking, salute the flag, new lessons on line. (Practical Life, letter sounds and math)
Chinese lessons, Chinese songs, etc.
Older student work on math and reading and younger students have work choice.
After completing the math and reading, older students are free to choose their work.
Line time for refreshments and/or lessons on line. (I.E., geography, science) Special presentations, i.e. birthday celebration, holiday, continent study (perhaps with parent involvement)
Outdoor time (20 minutes ages 2-3 and then 4-5 & 6 year olds)
Kindermusik on Wednesdays
Yoga on Fridays
Dismissal of 9 - 12 students
Extended day children have lunch from 12:00 until 12:20 - cleanup
Lessons (mostly science) or, work completion from morning.
dismissal of extended day at 12:50 - 1:00

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents receive daily information on the classroom activities. Parents receive monthly newsletters specifying what the students will be studying that month. Bi-yearly Parent/Teacher meetings are arranged and parents are encouraged to call the director at any time with questions, requests, or comments. Our students also work with the St.Jude Children's Hospital with the Math-A-Thon which really develops a child's knowledge and awareness in a non threatening way of children who may need our help.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our teacher assure the parents that we will be able to handle their child with loving care and they will be called if, in the beginning, their child is extremely upset at separation. Our teachers handle all student that may be upset with special care. There is a six week period where a child may try again at a later date if the child is still not happy.