We have decided as a staff that we are changing our weather policy and so this will be the last day that you will hear about our school status on the website and Facebook as well as the last day that we are following Loudoun County Schools closings. We are using the phone numbers you gave us to notify all and so we will make our own calls after today. Please look for our test runs on your phone today as we test the plan and make this transition! Thank you for understanding that are goal always is the safety of all of our Montessori Community!

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Please drive carefully! We will see you all at 9am today.

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School delay due to ice!

by admin on January 12, 2015

We will open Monday Jan 12th at 10am. Two hours late due to ice. Please be safe!

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We are closing for Wednesday January 7th!

by admin on January 7, 2015

Loudoun County schools just closed due to the ice for today so we are closed. Please stay safe and warm!

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Closings and Delays

by admin on January 6, 2015

Please note that we will post any closing or delays here on our website as well as on our Facebook page usually prior to 6:30am. If Loudoun County Public Schools close completely we automatically will be closed. Safe travels and happy winter!!!

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If you’re considering enrolling your child at Middleburg Montessori School, we’d like to point out just a few of the many benefits of our school:

  • We are the only AMI-accredited Montessori school with Elementary and Middle School programs that serves Loudoun and Fauquier counties
  • We have served as the foundation for academic success and professional fulfillment for hundreds of students since our establishment in 1980
  • We cultivate an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, which we believe are essential traits for success in our rapidly changing world
  • We offer real-world experiences that prepare students for real life
  • We provide a comprehensive curriculum, including practical life, mathematics, language, geography, Spanish, science and much more

Join us for our fall open house on Nov. 9 from 2-4 p.m. to learn more. Click here to RSVP and stay up-to-date with our open house news.

Can’t make it to the open house? Contact us today at 540-687-5210 or info@middleburgmontessori.com to schedule a free consultation to see how Middleburg Montessori School can help your child thrive.

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Introducing Montessori Toddler!!!

by admin on August 14, 2014

 

Click on the link and read all about it!

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Call or email today for an interview and to learn even more!

540 687-5210

info@middleburgmontessori.com

 

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AMI Montessori Available 8am through 6pm Monday through Friday

        for children 18 months through 15 years old!

Email or call today to learn how to join this fantastic Montessori community!

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Help win $1,000 for Middleburg Montessori School in MightyNest’s Earth Day Challenge. Join MightyNest in celebrating Earth Day by taking simple pledges to earn points. The school with the most points earned between April 7th and 28th will win $1,000 or one of nine other prizes totaling $3,000.

Claim points when you take simple healthy actions with your kids. Get started and watch the points add up at our fundraising page.

There’s no purchase required. If you choose to shop at MightyNest, they will donate 15% of your purchase amount back to Middleburg Montessori School.

Start now and claim your first points in less than 5 minutes!

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Why is the 3-Hour Work Cycle Important?

by admin on March 14, 2014

True cognitive and personal development – the type that takes place in a Montessori classroom – cannot happen in 45-minute spurts.

In Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, Angeline Stoll Lillard points out: “Montessori teachers who adhere to three-hour work periods without interruption claim one can see the difference in the quality of the children’s concentration on days when children know they will be leaving the classroom in an hour for a field trip or doctor’s appointment or special music class.”  Children who know they will soon be interrupted choose unchallenging “busywork” at best, and at worst become nuisances to their peers.  Even more tragic are children who don’t know an interruption is coming; they choose demanding work, become engrossed, and are understandably upset when the disruption takes place.

While interruptions are part and parcel of traditional education methods, they just aren’t necessary in Montessori.  The beauty of the Montessori “curriculum” (for lack of a better word) is that it encompasses EVERYTHING that children should be exposed to in school.  The usual “pull-out” subjects like art, music, physical education, drama, and yoga are all found within a well-prepared Montessori classroom.  It might not look like what you experienced in school, but then again, doesn’t everything in Montessori look different than traditional education?  It’s a good kind of different; it’s a different that makes sense – a different that works!

One teacher does not know or teach everything, but she does not need to.  The materials are carefully designed to capture the child’s interest and guide him in the learning process.  The child’s drive for knowledge and the material’s self-correcting qualities are the true teachers – the adult just brings the child and the material together as a kind of middleman of the learning process.

Some parents might worry: “Won’t my child get tired of working?  Doesn’t he need a break every 45 minutes or so?”  Dr. Montessori addresses this concern in The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol. I: “A great variety of interesting research has been made into the question of change of work with identical results – namely, that frequent change of work causes greater fatigue than continuous work of one kind, and that a sudden interruption is more fatiguing than persistence.”  Stoll Lillard adds, “If we choose when to take breaks, then breaks work for us, but if the timing is externally imposed, breaks can be disruptive to concentration.”

Dr. Montessori concludes: “The one means by which exhaustion can be eliminated is to make work pleasant and interesting, to give joy in work rather than pain.”

All Montessori educators are familiar with what we call the “three-hour work period.”  As the name suggests, this is a three-hour chunk of time in the morning in which the children receive presentations, choose materials, have snack, and work at their own pace on activities that interest them. (Note: All AMI-recognized schools also have a two-hour uninterrupted work period in the afternoon for children ages 4 and older).  A quality Montessori school will not have a single interruption during the work period: no Spanish teacher coming into the classroom; no music instructor pulling kids out; no physical education taking place on the basketball courts.

Dr. Montessori discovered that a child as young as three, who has spent a few months in the Montessori classroom, is able to choose productive and challenging work, focus on the task at hand, finish a cycle of work, rest without interrupting those who are working, and repeat this sequence.  She noted that for this to happen, a minimum of three hours of uninterrupted classroom time is essential.  Of her experiences observing children during an uninterrupted work period, she noted: “Each time a polarization of attention took place, the child began to be completely transformed, to become calmer, more intelligent, and more expansive.”

 

 

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