Dr. Maria Montessori felt that all
children in every geographic location, in the past and present, absorb
culture in the same way. With the keen eye of a scientific observer she
formulated these generalities about intellectual, spiritual and social
growth of the child.
Children from birth to six years have
a special sensitivity that compels them to take effortlessly
whatever the environment offers to construct the intellect and
personality. She called the sensitivity the Absorbent Mind.
During this period of absorbency the
young child is able to internalize specific parts of his environment
wholly and with ease in a way that cannot be duplicated later in
life. Montessori called these phases Sensitive Periods.
Children learn through observation
and repeated practice with manipulative objects.
Montessori believed the mind and the hand are intimately connected.
Montessori believed in autonomy
in the learning process. Each individual is unique and therefore
must be given freedom to choose the material for
self-construction. The development of responsible choice
maintains order in the environment and becomes the mechanism for
The Goal of Montessori Education
is to foster the development of a self actualizing individual capable of
responsible choice. Academic achievement is a by-product of this goal.
The Montessori environment is a
working community of children and adults in a physical setting that
calls out for involvement. The young child internalizes the environment
in the process of self-construction. The environment is not only rich in
the material for construction, but reflects order and beauty.
The primary role of the Montessori
teacher is that of observer. The teacher programs the environment to
meet the observed needs of the individuals and the group.
are more than traditional visual aids used to demonstrate the teacher's
point. They are the embodiment of a concept to be internalized through
repeated use by a child. They are usually self-correcting and encourage
The Montessori method refers to
the interaction of children, Montessori materials and specially trained
Montessori teachers. The method is experimental and open ended therefore
making it applicable to all people in all times.
is not synonymous with silence. A Montessori community hums with active
learning. Discipline refers to the ability to make independent,
responsible choice, that is, choice that results in growth and does not
infringe on the rights of community members.
are few and simple, but consistently applied:
Everyone has the right to work
The environment, people and things,
must not be harmed.
Two morning and one afternoon class meet
three hours daily, five days a week. Children are enrolled for a full
three year program. Applicants must be three years of age by October 1st
of the current academic year
The pre-primary program offers the core
Montessori curriculum of practical life, sensorial, math, language, art,
music and life science. These areas are sequenced to meet the needs of
the 3-6 year old child. The environment is also designed to foster
independence, concentration and order. Social skills are strengthened as
children learn to cooperate and problem solve with fellow classmates. It
is our goal to nurture a love for learning within the child that will
continue to develop throughout their life.
Extended Day (3-6 year olds):
Our Montessori daycare is licensed by the
Kentucky Department of Human Resources. This extended care option
consists of up to six hours of care, in addition to the three hour
academic session. Lunch, work time, indoor and outdoor play, as well as
snack and rest are all components of our extended day. The daycare is
open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Care (June through
We offer a
summer daycare program for DMS students ages
3-7. Summer daycare hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30