Our exploratory rich environment allows our students to discover the world around them. The gratification that comes with completing and mastering a task will instill pride, satisfaction, and inner joy in your child. This joy of learning will enrich them their whole life.
Cylinder Boxes allow children to explore dimensions.
The Teen Bead Stairs help children have concrete understanding of teen numbers.
Goals of our Preschool Program
* To develop in each child a love of learning & a positive attitude toward school. *To encourage independence in the care of self, & the environment. * To help each child develop respect for self & others. * To encourage concentration & positive study habits. * To allow the child to progress at his own pace & rhythm by trusting in his intuitive nature. * To encourage strong self-esteem & self-motivation. * To develop competent critical thinkers who discover that learning is for life. * To help develop and foster a natural curiosity. * To develop habits of initiative & persistence. * To foster inner strength and a sense of order in the child.
Montessori pink tower designed for concept of "big" & "small"
Philosophy and Method
Our programs are based on the philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), an educator, physician, and scientist who developed a method of education through research and experiences in Italy at the turn of the 20th century. Many of the reforms, now taken for grated or newly adopted in the pubic schools in the US, have been in place for more than 100 years in Montessori schools around the world.
Dr. Montessori observed that at certain times in a child's early years he/she shows heightened interest or unusual ability to acquiring particular skills and knowledge. She called these "sensitive periods" and noted that they manifested at relatively the same time in the first 6 years of life for all children. If the child's environment is expanded and prepared so as to "nurture" these sensitivities as they occur, the child will develop them naturally in a joyful manner. Whitney Bloomfield Childcare Center, located in West Bloomfield, is thoughtfully prepared by our teachers in order to foster and recognize these sensitive periods, and thereby developing skills and concepts using concrete, manipulative materials created by Dr. Montessori. As the child masters these skills and concepts, he becomes less dependent on the materials, and the work becomes more abstract.
The Montessori method of teaching focuses on understanding and mastering concepts. It develops self-discipline and concentration and utilizes a child's natural curiosity and guides the child in 5 basic areas of learning:
Practical life enhances the development of tasks organization and cognitive order through care-of-self, care of the environment, exercises of grace and courtesy, and coordination of physical movement.
Thesensorial area enables the child to order, classify, and describe sensory impressions in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, color, pitch, etc.
Language arts include oral language development, written expressions, reading and the study of grammar, creative dramatics, and children's literature. Basic skills in writing and reading are developed through tools such as sandpaper letters, alphabet cut-outs, and various presentations allowing children to link sounds and letter symbols effortlessly and to express their thoughts through writing.
Mathematics makes use of the manipulative materials to enable the child to internalize concepts of number, symbol, sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.
Cultural activities expose the child to basics in geography, history, and life science. Music, art, and movement education are part of the integrated cultural curriculum. All students in our preschool afternoon enrichment program receive instruction in Russian.
Exploring science through a magnifying glass.
Skip counting using the Montessori beads.
Children enter Whitney Bloomfield Montessori preschool classroom preferably around 3 years of age. The child's sense of order and self-concepts are developed. Independence is encouraged, allowing each child to feel that "I can and want to do it by and for myself."
Teachers give lessons on the materials, and carefully sequence the presentations so that every experience builds on the previous one. All lessons are given with learning materials suited to the child's interest and developmental levels. Teachers are facilitators, planners, coaches and counselors.
A bond between children develops naturally through the practice of grace and courtesy, and they develop a mutual caring and respect for each other. Children are naturally gifted with special skills for learning. Like sponges, they absorb the world around them in a way that is quite different from adults. This power to absorb knowledge gives children the energy to teach themselves. Education then is a process, which naturally develops in each child, not something the teacher imposes. Children are gifted by nature to exercise the skills they see practiced around them.
The Montessori classroom is a "living room" for children. The children enjoy exploring in a beautifully prepared environment scaled to their size. Children are shown precisely how to handle and use the Montessori materials. Children choose their work from self-correcting materials displayed on open shelves. The self-correcting quality of the work enables each child to gain greater confidence and perfection through his choice and repetition. Children gain a sense of independence, as they take an active role in the classroom environment. Over a period of time, the children develop into a "normalized community," working with high concentration and few interruptions. "Normalization" is the process whereby a child moves in the environment from being undisciplined to self-disciplined, from disorder to order, and from distracted to focused. This process occurs through repeated work with materials that captivate the child's attention. For some children, this inner change may take place quite suddenly leading to deep concentration.
Our Montessori Preschool environment unifies the psychosocial, physical, and academics of the child. Our task is to provide students with:
An early & general foundation that includes a positive attitude toward school.
Inner security and a sense of order.
Pride in the physical environment.
A sense of responsibility to other members of the class, school, and community.
"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world." --Maria Montessori
We invite you to come see our classroom in action. We have full and part time schedules available. Our loving staff puts you at ease with your child care needs. Bring your child with you and watch how he responds to the environment. We are located in the West Bloomfield area.