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    Our goal at MSD is for your child to be a happy, self-motivated learner with a positive self image. Dr. Maria Montessori observed certain tendencies in children that are important to their natural development. These observations form the basis of our program at MSD. Children’s innate need for order, learning through their senses and working at their own pace will be fostered at MSD. We use beautiful materials developed by Dr. Montessori to aid children in their discovery of our world.

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    Dr. Montessori noticed universal characteristics among children and sought to create a system of education that responded to how children naturally are. In our classrooms, children’s natural tendencies and needs are nurtured and understood. Unlike traditional models of education, where children are expected to adapt and change to fit the system, Montessori education changes to fit the child. Children learn the basics, as well as valuable social and life skills in our classrooms. Please visit our Curriculum pages to learn more. Or, call us to schedule an observation and see firsthand how Montessori education is different.

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    We understand that working parents need care beyond normal school hours. Our before- and after-care program is top quality, done with our regular staff in the Montessori spirit. Children are independent in choosing what they would like to do from an array of educational toys, puzzles and games. Weather permitting, lots of time is spent outdoors. We do not offer drop-in care, but we do make it possible for you to tailor your child’s schedule to your individual needs with morning and afternoon options, billed hourly. Please see our Tuition and Fees page for more information.

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Being Good at Doing Things

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Dr. Steven Hughes, a neuroscientist and parent of a Montessori child, explains that he became interested in studying the effects of Montessori education on children after he noticed that, “Montessori children are just good at doing things.” What does being good at doing things mean? Executive Function is the term that comes to mind, which … Read More

Cursive

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  What value does cursive have in a world increasingly made up of keyboards and screen?  Siri’s made handwriting obsolete, right?  As with many things in Montessori, cursive is still alive and well, and it might not be for the reasons that first come to mind. In the 3-6 classroom children trace cursive sandpaper letters … Read More

The Joy of Learning

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What does learning look like and when does it take place?  How many educational theorists have come up with answers to this question?  Educational philosophies are often created in universities and then inserted into the classroom.  The expectation being that the children will conform to the structure that was thought best for them.  Does this seem … Read More