About Montessori Smile School
Your Child Is In Great Hands
We think children are meant to be nurtured, seen, and loved. Montessori Smile is an authentic Montessori School following the Montessori curriculum, using all Montessori hand crafted tools. Montessori Smile employs staff who not only are qualified and trained for the job, but have a natural ability to truly see and hear children. They are the people you want raising your children.
We are accepting children between the ages of 2 and 6. We have 5 day, 3 day and 2 day programs available. Our Montessori day runs from 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.
2 Day: Tuesdays & Thursdays
3 Day: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
5 Day: Mondays through Fridays
*other day accommodations can be made upon request*
We have private chef lunches available, made by our own private chef. Give us your request and we will see that your gourmet meal is waiting each and every day. Learn More
Lower Elementary Ages 6 - 9
We are accepting children into our Lower Elementary program for children ages 6 - 9. Montessori classrooms are mixed ages. The program starts September 4 2023.
This program runs 5 days a week 9:00am - 3:35 pm. An after school is available.
Each classroom in a Montessori preschool is unique, even though they are all part of one educational system. Some core philosophies that set a Montessori preschool apart from a traditional daycare include the following:
A Montessori preschool values time and sees every moment as an opportunity for learning and education. In a traditional daycare, the primary focus is placed on childcare. The children in a daycare center usually don’t begin to learn important concepts such as reading, writing, and mathematics, until they start Kindergarten around age 5. However, in a Montessori preschool, children begin the learning process during infancy, with the introduction of Montessori activities teaching math, geography and more at the age of 2.
The Montessori philosophy also values stability over time, which is why Montessori children will stay with the same teacher for multiple years, unlike a traditional daycare where the children are exposed to a new teacher each year. The extended time period with teachers enables Montessori children to bond with their teacher on a deeper lever. Most importantly, it allows the teachers to develop and implement a long-term, individualized learning plan for each child in their classroom.
A Montessori classroom encourages flexibility. The caretakers in a daycare classroom determine the activities that all of the children will collectively do each day and will provide a time frame in which each activity must be completed. On the other hand, a Montessori teacher will emphasize the individual needs of each child and will allow the students to work and move at their own pace. In a Montessori classroom, children are encouraged to move and learn freely by engaging in activities that interest them and collaborating with others. Each child is given the opportunity to work and learn at their own pace until they fully comprehend a topic.
While a traditional daycare staff is concerned with entertaining children and merely introducing them to basic educational topics, Montessori teachers are devoted to developing well-educated, well-rounded, and highly successful individuals. Through the holistic approach, Montessori students are nurtured to develop social skills and positive life habits by collaborating and working on activities as a group. The holistic approach also involves peer-to-peer mentorship, as older students are given the opportunity to mentor younger students, developing traits such as cooperation, altruism, and leadership.
In a traditional daycare, the teaching method relies on instructor-directed discipline to function. In a Montessori preschool, children are encouraged to move about the classroom freely, exploring and engaging in a variety of activities of their choosing. This freedom allows each student to learn through hands-on interaction in a stimulating Montessori environment. By avoiding the repetitive memorization of facts and concepts enabled by traditional schooling, the Montessori philosophy inspires children to develop a true love of learning by allowing children to make their own choices.