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The Montessori Approach to education originated in the early 1900's by Maria Montessori, the first woman doctor in Italy. Her educational ideas grew out of her experiences, first as a physician with mentally challenged children, and later as an innovative organizer of a day care center and schools for children of normal abilities.
Dr. Montessori's ideas were forerunners of contemporary ideas we know as "individualized education" and "the open-classroom structure". Among Montessori's original contributions are:
The identification of early childhood as a distinct period of life, with
certain specific needs and characteristics of it's own.
The idea of "sensitive periods" of development during which a child is
highly receptive to certain learning's.
The development of child-sized furniture and equipment.
An emphasis on concrete materials for the teaching of concepts.
Recognition of the importance of repetitive behavior associated with
emerging mental abilities.
The basic design for an educational environment which fosters the
development of independence in the individual and recognizes the
interdependence of freedom and discipline.
The first school opened by Dr. Montessori still operates today in an housing complex, a few blocks from the Coliseum in Rome, Italy and utilizes the same concepts and the same educational equipment that we use in our schools today. Our goal of fostering a healthy mind and sound body is aided by these same principles that we stated above and practice in our schools.
Our objectives are to help the child develop independence as a learner, to have comfortable and productive peer relations, to learn those basic skills and concepts necessary for intellectual development, to be aware of and to organize their environment in terms of his or herself, to establish for the child effective learning strategies and to kindle an excitement for learning.
We provide your children with a first-class Montessori education.
We focus on children ages 2 to 9 years of age.
We require all of our teachers to be Montessori Certified and classroom
We put your child’s future first!
We encourage you to come to our centers and see what we have to
offer in terms of the quality of our facilities and curriculum.
Mrs. Lori, Administrator, Bell Canyon, B.A.
" I have been working in the field of education since 1988 and joined the Kid Ed Montessori family in May of 2001. I have found peace and joy working with the students, parents and staff within the Montessori environment at Bell Canyon."
Mrs. Cindy,Teacher, Bell Canyon, Pre-K/K Level, World Montessori
" I started working for Kid Ed schools in 1987 as a teachers aide, I enjoyed the Montessori method so much that I went on and received my teacher certification in 1992. I have loved teaching at Montessori of Bell Canyon these past 25 years. When a child masters a task, whether tying their shoe, reading or counting, my excitement of being a teacher grows and grows."
Mrs. Gisa, Teacher, Bell Canyon, Pre-K/K Level, Montessori Brazil
" I currently have 29 years of experience working with the Montessori method. I joined Kid Ed schools in 2001 and have worked at Bell Canyon campus since then. What I love about Montessori is the respect of the individual. Working here has allowed me to share my joy of music and knowledge of foreign language with the children and create happiness in the classroom."
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