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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Preschool (Ages 3 – 6 years)

The Preschool classroom for children between the ages of three to six, is a carefully prepared environment that encourages children to learn individually, at their own pace. Your child has extraordinary powers of mind. He or she possesses once-in-a-lifetime ability to simply absorb information from his or her environment, like a sponge. Dr. Montessori called this phenomenon “the absorbent mind”. We have prepared a dynamic learning environment with a wealth of concrete, manipulative learning materials that encourage the child to discover and learn throughout this limited period of her life. Montessori teachers are trained to observe each individual child and to put her in touch with things she is most interested in learning; the results are joy, immense satisfaction and excitement about learning.

One of the most striking aspects of the Preschool classroom is its peacefulness. There is a deep sense of respect from the children towards others and from the teachers toward the children. Through “grace and courtesy” exercises, we teach children how to problem solve conflicts, how to act politely in varying situations and how to be kind and helpful to their friends. The result is a cohesive community of young children.

The multi age classroom allows younger children to have role models and older children opportunities for leadership. Chronologically age grouping children, like traditional education does, fosters leadership based on outgoing personalities. In the Montessori preschool classroom, even the shyest five year old is thrust into a leadership role, because the younger children look up to him and ask for his help and assistance.

The youngest child fills her days with activities centered on “Practical Life”. Here, she learns to sweep, bake, scrub, polish and care for all things in the environment. She experiments with sensorial materials that educate her visual, auditory and tactile senses. She plays vocabulary sound games and sings and dances when children gather for group activities.

As the child progresses in his experiences, he is introduced to sounds and symbols which lay the ground work for reading and writing in the future. He is introduced to numbers and the decimal system – with the most amazing concrete materials to show him the way. He learns about land and water forms, geometric figures, the political countries of the world; he learns about the parts of plants and animals and about music and art – at his own pace, in his own time.

It is during his third year (the traditional new entrants or year one) that everything comes to fruition for the child. Reading, writing, and mathematical understanding, blossoms from the many seeds that were planted in the previous two years. The child leaves the program with a strong set of academic skills; but, far more importantly, with the attitude that learning is fun, exciting and boundless. He is now ready to move on to a primary setting or continue on with us in the Montessori 6-9 program.

NOW ENROLLING : Infants to Elementary