Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian physician who designed a method of education by observing young children and how they learn. Her extensive early childhood research, which is supported by modern research, revealed that children experience sensitive periods for learning during their early years. They easily learn particular skills during the corresponding sensitive periods, more so than at any other time in the child’s life. Dr. Montessori’s method encourages the natural development of the whole child from birth through maturity. Out of this research-based foundation, the Montessori “Method of Education” emerged.
Toddler Montessori: Ages 24-36 months
The environment for our growing two-year-old children is professionally designed to help them feel secure and comfortable in their home-away-from-home. The Montessori toddler curriculum centers on age-appropriate materials and activities that develop control, order, concentration, and independence. These skills develop through the daily practice of care of self, care of environment, language exploration, fine and gross motor activities, and learning from other toddlers.
Primary Montessori: Ages 3-6 years
The Primary Montessori program contains six interrelated sets of learning areas. These include practical life, language, sensorial, mathematics, social studies, and science. During the school day students have 2-3 hours of exploratory time with authentic Montessori materials. Additional outdoor time as well as music, yoga, soccer, and language specialists enhance instruction.
Primary Montessori: The Kindergarten Year
Students typically begin the primary program at age 3 and continue in their classroom until they are age 6 and ready for first grade. The mixed ages of the Montessori classroom and the three-year cycle allow students to build a firm academic and social foundation during their early childhood years and move into middle childhood with confidence.
The Montessori Parent
BBCH parents are invited to social nights planned by the Family Partnership Group, educational nights led by teachers, and family events at school with their children. Making the commitment to attend a school event once a month will ensure a wonderful return on investment for parents and children.