*Thanks so much to Stir Crazy Moms reader Lauren Walker for this great post on Pinewoods Montessori!
Anyone with a toddler knows how curious children are. They are born with a need to understand the why’s and the hows, the where’s and the who’s of the world around them.
Over a hundred years ago, a doctor noticed this and felt that school should be place where a child could satisfy that curiosity, no matter how young. In fact, this doctor felt that the ages of 3 - 6 years old were, in fact, the most sensitive times for young learners, when doors were opened and connections were made that would shape the child’s relationship with the world.
That doctor was Dr. Maria Montessori. She was a groundbreaking thinker and innovator in early childhood education, breaking the mold of a factory style delivery of information. She sought to create a child-sized environment where children could set about following their own interests, all the while learning the critical thinking and practical life skills that would serve them as they grow.
While she has so many inspirational quotes about education, my favorite is this, from the perspective of the child: “Help me to do it myself.”
About Pinewoods Montessori
Pinewoods Montessori is in Hillsborough, NC, conveniently located to Chapel Hill, north Durham and Mebane. We provide an authentic Montessori education in which children develop of love of learning within a safe, peaceful setting. Children enjoy the serene organization of the classroom as well as the shaded outdoor learning environments on the playground.
Pinewoods offers programs for children ages 18 months to 12 years old in classrooms that are carefully planned to support and encourage the developmental needs of each group of children.
Half Day Toddler (18 months - 2.5 years)
A three day or five day program that provides a wonderful introduction to Montessori for both young children and their parents. Toddlers are able to experiment with their increasing need for independence in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment.
Half Day Primary (2.5 years - 5 years)
The classroom is organized into specific Montessori curriculum areas— practical life, sensorial, art, language, math, science and cultural geography—with lessons presented to individuals and small groups. Based on individualized observation, the teacher is able to guide each child based on his learning style, interest, and need.
Extended Day (Kindergarten 5 - 6 years)
After spending the morning in the multi-aged primary program, these children have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with one another, followed by an additional work period in the classroom. Five year-olds are interested in and ready to explore in greater depth advanced lessons in language, math, and the cultural subjects of science and geography.
Elementary (6 years - 12 years)
The elementary academic program purposefully integrates science, geography, geometry, history, cultural studies and the arts while expanding skills in language arts, literacy, writing and math. This integrated curriculum presents information and concepts in a way that is meaningful and connected for the students.