Alpha Montessori

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Gayathri Ram

After months of searching for the right daycare for my daughter Ranjana, we were convinced that we had found the best when we walked into Alpha Montessori. As any other parent, we were relieved to find a peaceful place that is always immaculately clean and has big, open rooms. My baby started to go to Alpha Montessori since she was 14 months old. After the first few days of my baby attending school, we found that it’s not just that the place is clean. Ms. Rupali strives hard to keep the kids clean and smell fresh all the time. We have never seen my daughter with a dirty mouth or a dirty dress. Ms. Rupali has been a real blessing to us. We have never seen my daughter cry when we leave her at the day care. Not just that, she has learned a lot of good habits: she eats by herself, puts everything in the right place (without me telling her to do so), identifies flash cards already, tries to mimic and sing the ABC song and above everything, communicates very clearly as to what her needs are. Above all, when we go to work, we go very peacefully thinking that she is in a place that loves her so much. Last but not least, we had our 7 year old son attend the summer school and his comments were – “Mom, Ms. Rupali is really nice to Ranjana and she never raises her voice to her or any other kid. She talks to them nicely and all the kids listen too!” He is also ready to go there for the after school program now. We would highly recommend Alpha Montessori to any parent. Thanks for all you do Rupali and keep up the great work!

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Montessori Philosophy

Montessori classrooms are designed for children to learn independently in an environment carefully prepared and monitored by an educator trained to work with children of that specific age group. In a non-graded class of mixed ages, children spontaneously and independently use materials designed by Dr. Montessori. They choose their own activities and develop practical and intellectual abilities through individual discovery and exploration of language, mathematics, geography, geometry, art and music.

The Montessori classroom is indeed a child’s world. It is geared to the size, the pace, and interests of children between the ages of 3 months to 6 years. It is designed to put the child at ease by giving each child freedom in an environment prepared with attractive materials. These materials are arranged on low shelves within easy reach of even the smallest youngster. Tables and chairs in the classroom are movable, permitting a flexible arrangement for many activities. The children also work on small rugs on the floor where they are naturally comfortable.

The Montessori classroom includes children of different ages. By placing a child in such a classroom, they are exposed to a wide range of possibilities. When they first begin school they will have the benefit of learning from older and more experienced children. Later on, they will be able to help others with the learning skills they have already mastered. Your child will thus develop social skills and cultural sensitivity which are essential in today’s world.

The Montessori Method of education places emphasis on the child progressing at their own pace. The child is given a presentation by the teacher, and individual time is spent with the child to ensure that the child understands what is expected.

Students are assessed based on the teacher’s observation and progress at the student’s own pace without undue pressure. Individual plans are formulated for each child and students are assessed on an ongoing basis. Parents are kept informed of the child’s progress via parent Interviews and report cards.

Today there are close to 5,000 private and approximately 200 public Montessori schools in the United States. Montessori schools are respected the world over for creating a learning environment that fosters initiative, self-esteem and a joy of learning.

Famous Montessori educated people include: Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, author, chef, TV cooking show personality Julia Child, video game pioneer Will Wright, co-founder and
promoter of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia and the for-profit Wikia web-hosting company Jimmy Wales, 1983 Literature Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Amazon founder and CEO founder Jeff Bezos.

To learn more about Montessori education visit www.montessori.edu, www.montessori-ami.org, www.montessori-namta.org, and www.amshq.org

5 main areas in a Montessori classroom

Sensorial Exercises

Children don’t just learn through listening – they also learn through touching, smelling, seeing, tasting and exploring.

Practical Life Exercises

The beginning activities for 18months – to 5-year olds – care of self, care of the environment, and social graces – are designed to help the child acquire a sense of order, independence and concentration essential for later learning.

Language

Children learn the phonetic sounds of letters before they learn the alphabetical names. This phonetic approach takes the children step by step into the world of reading.

Math

Children follow a sequential progression from very concrete exercises to the more abstract. This helps them grasp the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and provides an introduction to the decimal system.

Culture

Children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, food, music, language and animals.

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