Learning at Children’s House
Our Montessori curriculum supports each child’s individual learning style within the 3-6 multi-age classroom, which includes kindergarten. Our mission is to guide a diverse group of children to become joyful, lifelong learners who respect others and world around them. Children remain in the same classroom from one year to the next, building strong relationships with their teachers and classmates. Kindergartners participate in daily enrichment opportunities each afternoon while the younger children have nap time.
What is the Montessori method?
In 1907 Maria Montessori opened her first school in the tenements of Rome, Italy. Montessori believed that young children have an innate path of learning and development and that children naturally choose activities that lead to spontaneous learning and development.
At Children’s House, we follow the philosophies of Maria Montessori to guide children through their individual development paths. Our classrooms offer children opportunities to explore a wide variety of Montessori materials under the guidance of caring, Montessori certified teachers.
Components of an Early Childhood Montessori Environment
Our multi-age groupings (3 – 6 years of age) enable younger children to learn from older children and experience new challenges through observation. Older children reinforce their own learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered, while developing leadership skills and serving as role models. Because each student’s work is individual, children progress at their own pace. There is cooperation rather than competition between the ages. This arrangement mirrors the real world, in which individuals work and socialize with people of all ages and dispositions.
Our classroom teachers are accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) and understand the importance of enabling children to develop naturally. Challenging and developmentally appropriate lessons and materials are presented based on observations of each child’s unique interests and abilities, and social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
A key component of Montessori education is the hands-on approach to learning using specially designed learning materials. At Children’s House, each classroom is specially prepared with an array of beautifully crafted Montessori materials to meet the needs of each child. Each learning material teaches a single skill or concept following a logical order and progression which allows the child to develop naturally.
Child Directed Work
Montessori educators support children in choosing meaningful and challenging work that captures their interest. Presentations and repetition of lessons will guide the children to engagement, intrinsic motivation, sustained attention, and a sense of responsibility to oneself and others. We model ways for children to be respectful, orderly, and productive.
Uninterrupted Work Periods
In our Montessori classrooms, an extended period of “free choice” time called the “uninterrupted work period” recognizes and respects each child’s learning process. During the work period, every child has time to select and work through various tasks and responsibilities at their own pace, without interruption, in order to develop coordination, concentration and independence naturally.
What Our Families are Saying
“Children’s House of Nashville provides a wonderful experience that would be hard to replicate anywhere else. We have been really impressed with the Montessori approach and how the notion of independence has resonated with our children. From the quality of the teachers and staff to the community of parents and children, the impact the organization has had on our family has been incredible.”
~ Todd and Carlie Cruse ~
Parents of Marlow and John Crawford
“We love Children’s House for the teachers! They have years of combined Montessori experience; sensitivity to each child’s needs with gentle but firm encouragement; they implement social-emotional learning as well as Montessori education; and longevity at the school, which is important to us. Of course, we also love the outdoor classroom!”
~ Jessica and Keith Massey ~
Parents of Taryn