The Montessori School Preschool at PGA National is committed to providing a complete Montessori education with an excellent learning environment. We specialize in individualized education that is so much more than a Daycare. In turn, this allows children freedom to develop at their own pace. Our curriculum, combined with the Montessori philosophy, is used to develop the intellectual, physical, artistic, and academic excellence inherent in each child.
Montessori is a method of education named after Dr. Maria Montessori. It is both a philosophy of child growth and development and a rationale for guiding such development. Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was the first woman in Italy to obtain the degree of Doctorate of Medicine. The Montessori Philosophy is based on a profound respect for each child as a unique human being. Our approach assumes that children are born intelligent, curious and creative, and are ripe to develop a sense of wonder and imagination. The goal is not to control, but to inspire our children to learn voluntarily. In its essence, Montessori is designed to teach children to think deeply, to think for themselves and to think about others. We believe that while learning the right answers will get a child past exams and eventually through school, learning to think for themselves will get a child through both school and life.
The formative period from birth to age six is the most crucial. During this time, the child is constructing their unique personality through daily experiences in their environment. It was this unique mentality of the child that actually inspired Dr. Maria Montessori to devote her life to the study of childhood learning and made possible the development of her remarkable novel approach to education.
In addition to the Montessori curriculum, our private school provides classes in:
- Art - opens the child's imagination and creativity
- Science - helps develop reasoning/problem solving
- Foreign Language - Spanish everyday/every class
- Music - helps develop math skills
- Gardening - allows the child to experience nature
- Physical Education - helps to develop balance, strength, agility, and group participation
The school also conducts a summer school/camp program during June, July and part of August. The school offers half day and full day programs that are available during the academic year and summer school/camp (year-round school).
Goals and Objectives
The main objective of the Montessori School Preschool at PGA National is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help children develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills, and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning.
The specific goals for the children who attend our School are:
1. To develop a positive attitude towards school and learning.
2. To achieve a sense of high self-esteem.
3. To develop habits of concentration for lifelong study skills.
4. To possess initiative and persistence.
5. To develop and foster an abiding curiosity.
6. To hold an inner discipline and a sense of order.
7. To appreciate the beauty of art and nature.
8. To have socially acceptable behavior.
9. To acquire the basic skills necessary for a lifetime of learning.
10. To develop each child's ultimate potential through high self-expectations.
The Role of the Teacher
The role of the teacher in the classroom is to show each child the proper way to work with the specially designed developmental materials. The child then teaches themself through their own repeated activity, observation, and discovery. The teacher is always ready to support and encourage the child, while at the same time respecting the child’s need for independent functioning. The children are guided towards constructive activities according to their individual abilities.
In 1998 our school was one of the first “Green Schools” in Palm Beach County. We are a chemical, pesticide, and herbicide-free environment. Over the years, medical research has proven the dangers of cleaning chemicals and especially pesticides and herbicides to children's health.
Outdoor Learning Environment
Our students have the unique ability to learn many lessons outdoors in a classroom setting. This experience tends to make them more attentive, and therefore, have a better recollection of the information that was shared. Consistent exposure to nature decreases stress and anxiety, elevates mood, and helps balance emotion.
Our garden center teaches your child to appreciate the beauty of nature. In this electronic age kids need time for a meaningful connection to the earth. Activities like digging in dirt, planting seeds in soil, using a watering can, and pushing a wheelbarrow can promote both fine and gross motor skills. Plus, these activities known as "heavy work," have been shown to help kids stay calm and focused.
“WE ASPIRE TO SERVE THE SPIRIT OF THE CHILD”
Educating Children since 1990
Servicing Children 2 Months to Grade 3
Times: 7:30am - 6:00pm Daily
Year Round School
2 Months to Grade 3
". . . education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment."
- Maria Montesori
Science is an important part of our curriculum. Our School has a unique Science Lab dedicated to our Science Program. Throughout the year children will explore Outer Space, Dinosaurs, Ocean Life, and many other themes. The Students will feel like they’re at a Children’s Museum right in their own school.
The Montessori School Preschool prides itself on educating young minds since 1990 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. We are so much more than a Daycare for your young child.