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Gardenview Montessori

3242 Firwood Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 527-9638


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The basic objective of Gardenview Montessori is to provide a quality preschool education for children under age six using the Montessori Method as the primary medium. This basic goal can be subdivided into three conceptual categories: spiritual, intellectual, and social.

The spiritual objective of Gardenview Montessori is to strive toward a high moral standard of showing love and concern for all one meets in one's daily life. The concept of inner peace will be concretely fostered in the beauty, serenity, and order of the environment. Our goal is to move toward world peace by understanding our responsibilities to respect each other and our environment.

The intellectual objective on the Montessori program is to develop each student's intellectual and creative potential to the fullest. Our focus is to guide the students through an academic curriculum that will provide them with the necessary skills to function as a contributing member of society. The learning atmosphere will balance work and fun, thereby helping students to like what they are learning and create a hunger for more learning.

The social objective is to model and interact with each other with courtesy, graciousness and gratitude. We will create cooperation rather than competition. Our goal is to foster unity and dignity among staff and students, parents and friends. Students will be guided toward understanding that the way to achieve peace and justice in the world is through cooperation, sharing, and caring.

Montessori is a unique method of introducing the child to a lifetime of enjoyable learning. Special materials, largely manipulative in nature, help to answer the child's developmental needs and enable him/her to experience the excitement of learning by his/her own choices. The child is helped to develop all his/her natural tools for learning so that his/her ability will be at a maximum in future learning situations.

Dr. Montessori believed that in every child there is a special kind of sensitivity that leads him/her to absorb everything around him/her.

Excerpted from the preschool's website