Category: Primary

  1. Discipline the Montessori Way

      The article below was first published in Tomorrow’s Child online magazine and is a perfect explanation of how discipline is handled in a Montessori environment.  Villa Montessori Polaris provides our students with an authentic Montessori experience that follows the teachings and observations of Dr. Maria Montessori, which are brilliantly described here.  Enjoy the article!… Continue Reading »
  2. Four Parenting Strategies to Better Connect With Your Child

    Let’s face it, parenting is hard and can be challenging at times.  Whether your child is already enrolled as a student at Villa Montessori Preschool, or you are thinking about joining our community, we want to help you bring Montessori home by offering you some helpful parenting tips. At Villa Montessori Preschool, we strive to… Continue Reading »
  3. Cultural Studies

    For the past several months, we have taken an in-depth look at the areas that comprise the Montessori classroom.  Our final area to discuss is Cultural Studies.  The Montessori cultural studies curriculum provides opportunities for children to explore the larger world.  Students learn about the people, terrain and animals of each continent as part of… Continue Reading »
  4. How Montessori Teaches Math And Shapes The Mathematical Mind

    According to Dr. Maria Montessori, the absorbent mind occurs from birth until approximately the age of six.   During this time period, a child experiences a period of intense mental activity that allows him or her to “absorb” learning from their environment on an unconscious level with very little effort.  Learning during this absorbent mind period is natural and… Continue Reading »
  5. Understanding the Montessori Method: Learning Through Senses

    Understanding the Montessori Method:  Learning Through Senses Dr. Maria Montessori believed that children have “sensitive periods” for learning.  She observed that the first six years of children’s lives are directed by their absorbent minds.  Learning is never-ending and begins at birth.  As newborns, we immediately start to explore our environment through our senses and begin to learn about our… Continue Reading »
  6. How is your curriculum and daily schedule structured?

    Montessori & Reggio are very free flowing curriculums in that the children’s day moves based on their interests. Outside of meal, recess and rest times, the day moves based on children’s selections of materials.  
  7. What is a typical day in the Primary classroom?

    The children come in and are greeted by the teacher.  Children wash their hands.  They begin their three-hour work cycle that focuses on the five main areas of the classroom: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Science/Geography.  During that three-hour work cycle, the child will pick a work that has already been presented to them by… Continue Reading »