About our Environment
At Radiant Way Montessori, we create an environment that feels like a home-away-from-home. It is intentionally a small preschool providing children with traditional Montessori education which continues Dr. Maria Montessori’s life time work.
When children enter our environment for the first time they immediately feel at ease. This is because our school is intended to feel like a Casa dei Bambini (house for children) as outlined by Dr. Montessori in her writings. Our warm, intimate, nurturing, home-like environment makes it possible for your child to make a smooth transition from home to school in their early years, while still communicating the importance of learning.
The classroom is a carefully prepared environment that allows children to interact with the Montessori materials to maximize independent learning. The Montessori materials respond to the child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn. Working with the Montessori materials, the children are able to associate abstract concepts with concrete sensorial experiences. This enables the Montessori child to truly learn, and not memorize. Young children need to touch, feel, see, smell, hear and move through their world to gain understanding and experience. The environment allows the child to do so and is designed for children to learn at their own pace.
About our classrooms
When you walk into our classrooms, the first thing you will notice is that everyone is busy and interested in what they are doing. One child is counting beads, another is sewing buttons, others are engaged in writing and reading, while in different corners of the room a small group of children are being introduced to a new culture activity or learning French.
At Radiant Way Montessori, under the watchful eye and careful guidance of our teachers, children are encouraged to explore, investigate and fulfill their natural curiosity about the world around them. Children develop at their own pace and learn that school can be a never ending adventure.
We believe that every child has a right to a safe and healthy environment, to individual attention, to respect and love, and to a stimulating and enjoyable learning experience. We also believe that each child’s development is unique in the way he or she grows, learns and matures.
While all children advance through different stages physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively, how and when they develop in each area is an individual matter. While some children are ready to walk at eight or nine months of age, others may not be ready until fourteen or fifteen months. Each child has individual strengths and each is entitled to support and stimulation to foster his or her growth.
Keeping this in mind, the program at Radiant Way Montessori is designed to be child-centric rather than being adult-directed. The planning of the daily schedule is based on children’s development and individual needs.
We believe an effective program for your child requires joint cooperation between parents and staff. As such, we believe ongoing communication with our parents to be one of the most important aspects of our relationship.