Introducing Montessori Toddler!!!

by admin on August 14, 2014

 

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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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Imagine a school where students are encouraged to learn by getting their hands dirty, whether they’re raising piglets, harvesting wood or collecting soil samples. Imagine rigorous academics achieved through real-world experiences that encourage critical thinking, innovation and a love of learning.

This is the vision of Middleburg Montessori School, an AMI-accredited Montessori school that has been educating students in Loudoun and Fauquier counties for more than 30 years.

As part of that vision, the school will launch an innovative middle school program this fall that is rooted in the Montessori approach to adolescent education. The program will enable Middleburg Montessori to serve students through age 15, making it one of a handful of Montessori middle schools in the Washington, D.C., region.

“We are so excited to announce the opening of our middle school this fall,” said BethAnn Slater, Head of Middleburg Montessori School. “Its programs will link academic work to real applications and projects, requiring students to be critical thinkers, collaborators and good communicators. This is real-world learning at its most sophisticated.”

The program will integrate academics with meaningful work, allowing students to learn:

  • Biology by raising hogs and honeybees
  • Math and Economics by running businesses
  • Chemistry by monitoring a composting project and wastewater treatment
  • Forest Ecology by harvesting wood, producing woodworking projects and participating in the Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica
  • Art and Music by collaborating with local artists and musicians through art shows and fundraising performances to benefit local nonprofits
  • International Studies by participating in the Montessori Model U.N. program in New York City and possibly China’s Henan Province in November 2014

“Adolescents need to feel that they are contributing to this world. They are not children, and they are not yet adults. The Montessori middle school program provides for real, meaningful work that allows adolescents to see their connection to others worldwide and in their community,” Slater said. “It allows them to feel connected and effective. This is the power of Montessori.”

Middleburg Montessori School’s middle school program builds upon its successful toddler, preschool and elementary programs. The school is currently accepting applications for children ages 1-15 for the 2014-2015 school year. Those interested in applying should contact Janelle Stewart at 540-687-5210.

The school’s growth is part of a larger national trend in education, as more parents seek alternatives to traditional methods of schooling. Montessori education is self-paced and encourages analytical thinking, cooperation and innovation — skills that will be critical to children’s future success in our rapidly changing world. In fact, many of our society’s most innovative thinkers are former Montessori students, including Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, Google founders Larry Page and Sergy Brin, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Middleburg Montessori School is accredited by Association Montessori International (AMI), which was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1929 to maintain the integrity of her educational philosophy. For more information about the school, please visit www.middleburgmontessori.com.

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Why Choose Middleburg Montessori School?

by admin on March 12, 2014

Enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is already underway! 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

A limited number of spaces are still available for the 2014-15 school year!

Join us for our spring open house on March 23 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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Final Open House of the School Year

by admin on March 11, 2014

Please join us for an open house on March 23 from 2-4 p.m! This will be our last open house before the end of the school year, so if you’re interested in enrolling next year, you won’t want to miss it.

Our spring open house provides an opportunity to:

  • meet our outstanding AMI-certified faculty
  • tour the campus and see the architectural plans for our new building
  • learn more about how the proven excellence of a Montessori education can help your child become a lifelong learner during a special “Montessori 101″ informational session at 2:30 p.m.
  • allow your children to experience our high-quality Montessori materials
  • hear about all of our wonderful programs for children ages 1-15, including our new middle school program opening this fall, our summer  programs and Spanish afternoons

Can’t make it but want to learn more? Parental tours are also available weekday mornings.

We are now enrolling for the 2014-15 school year. A limited number of spaces are still available!

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.

Click here to RSVP and stay up-to-date with our open house news.

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One Hour Delay – February 18th, 2014

by admin on February 18, 2014

Due to weather conditions, Middleburg Montessori will be operating on a one-hour delay today.  Please drive safely and we will see you soon!

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One Hour Delay – January 29, 2013

by admin on January 29, 2014

Middleburg Montessori School will be operating on a one hour delay today, Wednesday January 29th.  Please drive safely on your way!

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Montessori is amazing!

by admin on January 23, 2014

Interesting Facts about Maria Montessori and Montessori Schools:

  • Maria Montessori was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy.
  • Helen Keller was a good friend of Maria Montessori and helped Maria develop many of her sensory materials.
  • Maria Montessori made her first trip to the United States in 1912.
  • In 1915, a Montessori class was set up at the San Francisco’s World’s Fair. Maria Montessori won two gold medals for education.
  • Maria Montessori left Italy during World War II. She moved to India where she and Gandhi often discussed the role of children and their education in promoting world peace.
  • Anne Frank was a student in a Montessori school before she and her family went into hiding.
  • Alexander Grahm Bell started a Montessori school for his grandchildren.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt started a Montessori school.

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