Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, and educator, believed that no human being is educated by another person. He must do it himself, or it will never be done. A truly educated individual continue learning long after the hours and years he spends in the classroom, because he is motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Dr. Montessori felt that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with isolated facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate his own natural desire to learn.
In the Montessori classroom we approach this objective in two ways; first, by allowing the child to experience the excitement and joy of learning by his own choice, rather than by pressure or force from the adult; second, by helping him to perfect the use of his natural tools for learning so that his ability will be at a maximum in future learning situations. The Montessori materials have this dual long-range purpose in addition to their immediate purpose of giving specific information to the child. In the classroom, the child is invited to handle the materials and work at his own periods of interest and readiness. In The Children's House, the emotional, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of your child's growth are all of equal importance. The "prepared environment" of the Montessori classroom ministers to the needs of the "Whole Child".
In "The Absorbent Mind", Dr. Montessori wrote, "The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one — the period from birth to age six. For that is the time when man's intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is formed. But not only his intelligence, the full totality of his physic (mental) powers. At no other age has the child greater need of an intelligent help, and any obstacle that impedes his creative work will lessen the chance he has of achieving perfection."
It is in this spirit that we invite your child to take part in a unique educational opportunity in an environment prepared especially for his needs and interests. Our curriculum includes language, mathematics, geometry, geography, history, pre-history, botany, biology, foreign language, music, and art. Ours is a house where your child may work and grow at his own pace. The class and activity rooms, equipped with Montessori apparatus and both conventional and improvised materials, are part of a total concept of education that extends the "classroom" to the natural environment, the home, and the community.
We cordially invite you to visit and observe the children in the class, any Tuesday or Thursday at 9:00 am. An appointment is necessary. An enrollment fee of $75.00 will hold a place for your child for the coming year or sooner.
Thank you for your interest.
The Children's House Montessori School.
The Children's House Montessori School was founded in 1973 by Nancy Hall Scott and Dr. Whit Hall. The first classes were held at 219 N. Cedar Street.
In 1975 the school moved to its present location at 4023 Lee Avenue.