Children's House

3-6 years

Half Day: 8:30 to 12:20 noon

Full Day: 8:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Philosophy

Children from 3 – 6 years possess the incredible ability to absorb the world that surrounds them. Maria Montessori believed that these years are the most critical period for nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and for laying the foundation for the discipline and habits for all future developments.

The goal of Mountain West Montessori’s Children’s House is to nourish independence and to aid the children to move toward a mastery of self and the environment. The Montessori Children’s House classrooms are prepared environments designed to encourage children in their self-directed discovery of the world. Interest based activities encourage children to develop a love of learning and trust in their own ability to learn.

Fundamental to Montessori philosophy is the classroom with different age groups. Each Children’s House Classroom includes children ages three to six, and children may work individually or in small groups, learning from and sharing with one another. Our Children House Classrooms are held in open and bright settings and are surrounded by an acre of fruit tree, pecan trees with beautiful gardens. Each classroom has an average of 18 –24 children and one trained Guide (teacher) and one assistant.

A child of age three and four can attend the Half Day Program from 8:30 to 12:00 p.m. Four to six year old children can attend the full day program from 8:30 –2:30 p.m. These programs include working and developing in the following areas: Practical Life, sensorial, cultural, math and language activities.

The main goal of the Children’s House program is to help children develop a rapport with their environment and to support them as they develop physical, social and intellectual independence. The Children’s House Guide (teacher) is trained to be sensitive to the interest of each child and answer to the needs of each one as he is ready, by presenting carefully designed lessons and materials on a one-to-one basis.