This story is told at Pinewoods again and again. Mothers and fathers who were home with their toddlers suddenly realized their child really needed a preschool. Because children have a natural curiosity. And while at home experiences are wonderful and natural and valuable, a Montessori preschool classroom is a special place for children. Here’s why...
The primary goal of a Montessori program is to help your child reach his or her full potential in all areas of life. There are activities to promote the development of social skills, emotional growth and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation for future intellectual academic endeavors. The holistic curriculum, under the direction of a specifically prepared teacher, allows your child to experience the joy of learning, the time to enjoy the process and ensures the development of self esteem. It provides the experiences from which children create their knowledge.
The “prepared” environment
In order for self-directed learning to take place, the whole learning environment (the classroom, materials and social setting / atmosphere) must be supportive of the child. The teacher provides the necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive environment. Together, the teacher and child form a relationship based on trust and respect that fosters self-confidence and a willingness to try new things.
Dr. Montessori's observations of the kinds of things which children enjoy and go back to repeatedly, led her to design a number of multi-sensory, sequential and self correcting materials to facilitate learning.
The Montessori teacher functions as a designer of the environment, a resource person, a role model, a demonstrator, a record-keeper and a meticulous observer of each child's behavior and growth. At Pinewoods Montessori, the teacher facilitates learning -- she doesn’t instruct, she guides.
So as you consider your options for preschool in Chapel Hill, Hillsborough or Mebane, we hope you’ll visit Pinewoods Montessori and see what makes us special!