Montessori Discovery School is a small, nurturing community whose focus is on early childhood. Our program is based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). Her method recognizes that young children have a natural ability to absorb knowledge through direct contact with their environment.
The carefully prepared environment meets the needs of each child. Self-directed learning is encouraged, and the child is free to work at his or her own level of challenge. Along the way the child steadily gains confidence and discovers a love for learning that lasts a lifetime.
"The first duty of the educator, whether he is involved with the newborn infant or the older child, is to recognize the human personality and respect it."
Early Drop-off – 8:30 a.m. Optional Afternoon Classes for Half-Day Program
Physical Education with Mr. Jim/ Gymnastics with Blaze Gymnastics
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
Hours: noon – 2:30 p.m.
Available to half-day kindergartners and Group 2 students
(exceptions will be made for siblings in Group 1 and on a space available basis).
You may choose up to 3 days.
The Montessori early childhood
classroom is typically a 3-year
program, with children beginning
at age three and graduating at the
end of kindergarten. At MDS, we
recognize that each child is an
individual with a unique
personality, learning style and
pattern of growth. For this reason,
it is beneficial for some children to
have one more year in a familiar
environment and stay at MDS
for 1st grade.
First graders are included in our multi-age
classroom, where they are already
comfortable and confident. The
teachers know each child well, and
are able to provide an individualized
curriculum, based on student needs.
During the school day, first graders have
work independently, to collaborate with
peers and teachers, and even to teach
lessons to younger students. Art, music, physical education,
science, Spanish and cultural studies are
also integral components in our first
graders' education experiences.
Children ages 3-7 work together in a multi-age setting that provides opportunities for each to acquire the skills necessary to reach his or her potential. Our classroom promotes modeling, where younger children learn from observing the behavior of older children. Older students benefit by taking on leadership roles, developing nurturing traits, and reinforcing newly learned skills through "teaching" others. Manipulative, self-corrective materials, designed by Dr. Maria Montessori, promote learning through hands-on experience, serving to develop motor skills, refine the senses and encourage curiosity. Self-motivation and intellectual growth develop naturally. The Montessori practical life and sensorial activities lay the foundation for more advanced work in language, math, science and geography. The classroom is staffed by a dedicated, experienced team of Montessori-trained teachers.
Our Science Coordinator leads the children in exploring the world of science. Lessons alternate every other week between the whole class and special extensions for the kindergartners and first graders.