Philosophy and Curriculum
“We adults must see the real humanity in children, the humanity which will take our place one day, if we are to have social progress. Social progress means that the next generation is better than the one before.” - Maria Montessori, The 1946 London Lectures
At Little Grove, we believe play is the work of childhood. Our program is designed to honor that sacred work.
Following the Montessori method, children develop focus and curiosity as they uncover knowledge through self-directed, hands-on work and collaborative play. During the Montessori work cycle, children are given ample periods of time to explore their works uninterrupted, allowing them to experience a deep focus and engagement. We nurture children's confidence, self-motivation, empathy, and love of learning within our classroom community.
Social Development and Life Skills
Music and Art
What does a Montessori work cycle look like? View this video to see one child's Montessori Morning.
“This environment must provide a great deal of mental food and warm, loving treatment [...] If we give children the right environment and this warm care, we will see all their naughtiness disappear without any advice or the need to follow any examples.” - Maria Montessori, The 1946 London Lectures
We believe that when children’s needs are met within their environment, there is little need for “behavior management”. Our educators prepare the classroom to meet children's needs, pique their curiosity, and hold their attention. Children learn how to be a part of their community through Grace and Courtesy lessons. They are free to move about the classroom, and to select works which appeal to them, reducing boredom, restlessness, or resistance. The highly individualized and developmentally appropriate Montessori curriculum assures that each child is working at their own level, so that all children can feel successful and able to meet expectations.
Our educators use Positive Discipline practices in the classroom, demonstrating mutual respect, effective communication, and problem-solving skills. We offer encouragement instead of praise or rewards, and focus on solutions rather than punishment.
When a child is in need of a quiet space to settle their mind or body, they may take time to calm down and re-connect in the Peace Center. Our educators assist children in working through conflicts with peers, and support social and emotional learning in developmentally appropriate ways.
Our staff will participate in Nautilus Approach training with Public Montessori in Action International this summer. Like the Montessori method, this is a constructivist approach, which focuses on the whole human and aims to reconnect the child to their environment.
Little Grove Preschool does not use points systems, clip charts, time out, or other forms of punishment. With caring, engaged educators to guide them, we trust children to do well when they can.