The Hunt Ridge Montessori School’s philosophy is consistent with the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. We provide an environment in which children are able to freely cultivate their own natural desire to learn. At The Hunt Ridge Montessori School, we emphasize the development of all facets of a child’s unfolding personality-social, emotional, cognitive and physical. The child is allowed to develop at his/her own pace according to their capabilities, and is in a noncompetitive atmosphere.
Each Primary classroom is comprised of children three (3) to six (6) years old. The classrooms present many attractive learning and discovery activities from which the child may choose. Activities are chosen by the child according to his/her own interests and level of performance. Small and large group activities are also planned. The Montessori teacher (directress) acts as a guide to encourage individual exploration, discovery, trial, practice and achievement. The total program includes rich exposure to cultural studies, science, and geography and to many varied experiences in creative expression.
The third year, or Montessori kindergarten year, is when all the learning that has taken place in the previous two years reaches fruition and a child’s knowledge begins to fall into place. Your child will be challenged to reach his/her potential by his/her Montessori teacher. Children build upon what they have learned, experience rapid academic, and social growth. Their skill level dramatically increases when they are given the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge within the Montessori classroom. Third year students are ready to explode into more complex learning and discovery and they delve into a wealth of new and interesting materials. They are guided to take on more and more complex work, begin to learn time management skills and have an increased set of expectations and privileges in the classroom. These older children also reinforce their academic skills by helping another child, a well-documented way to consolidate knowledge.