503 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
"Montessori Education for the Preschool age group of 3 to 6 years is based on the belief that if children are given freedom to chose their own activities in a carefully prepared environment with guidance of a teacher, the child will teach him or herself. Children are gifted with sensitive periods, which are drives to learn and master certain things at certain times. An example familiar to all parents is the drive to walk. When the child reaches the sensitive period for walking, he wants to walk all the time. He becomes frustrated when he is held or restrained in a stroller or car seat. Similar states of sensitivity for other activities also exist and Montessori Education capitalizes on these naturally occurring periods. Montessori preschool classroom materials are designed to satisfy these urges. Materials are freely selected by the child who may work with them until she is satisfied. Children may choose to work alone or with a friend. Socialization is very natural with the child directing and choosing social interaction which fits her level of comfort. Children learn to be members of their community.
Excerpted from the preschool's website