Children’s Hour Montessori was founded in 1972 by Susan Cedar. Susan had felt the need in modern society for a safe, stimulating, and loving environment for the children of working parents. One underlying concern for Susan was the lack of solid educational emphasis in full day care programs for young children. With the vision of full day care exposure through nursery school could be a positive asset to the developing child of working parents, Children’s Hour was created.
At Children’s Hour, we feel that early childhood education should be addressed equally from several perspectives. The emotional, social, cognitive and creative development of the children in our care is our primary concern. We make every effort possible to make our school an extension of the child’s home. To fulfill this goal, we offer a great deal of parental involvement through special programs, extra activities and an open door policy for visitation. Our school belongs to our parents. We want you to feel free to be a part in any and every way that suits your needs, as well as the needs of your child. When you pick up your child, you are welcome to stay as long as the two of you desire. We encourage you to share your hobbies, talents, and professions with the children. Through the joining of school and home, we feel that the children suffer much less shock each day as they travel to and from the various aspects of their lives.
Children in a social environment from an early age tend to be further advanced in peer relations, social skills, and the ability to express individual needs in a group. On a negative side, the contemporary preschooler tends to be much more aggressive than in years past. We try to help the children learn to deal with social conflicts in ways that do not involve aggression. Through a series of simple stories and discussion sessions, the children help workout, when not upset, what to do when they are upset.
The Montessori Method has been chosen as our principal form of curriculum. The program is implemented by certified Montessori directresses who are thoroughly trained on the method, completed classroom training, internship, and a rigorous certification process. The Montessori Method allows the individual child to work at his or her own pace within a calm atmosphere of nurturing acceptance that concentrates on positive, rather than negative forms of reinforcement. Learning materials are orderly and inviting with developmental appropriate materials that have a natural progression from the simple to the complex. It is not our policy to push the children, or pressure them to perform at a given level at a given age. We do, however, keep track of your child’s development through a solid evaluation program designed to meet the developmental needs of your child. With adequate time to explore, and exposure to good teaching, children will naturally reach their potential, and feel good about themselves.
Dr. Maria Montessori was looking for ways that children could relate simple concepts to their life. She wanted to remove the pressure to perform by creating an environment that encourage the freedom for individuality at all levels. There are five areas of focus in the Montessori classroom.
Practical life activities help develop coordination, concentration, and independence. Their well-ordered maintenance promotes the development of a sense of order. Practical life deals with spooning, pouring, scrubbing, and polishing, among other tasks. All the busy work that children LOVE to do!
The Sensorial component of the Montessori Method is upheld by more modern findings that the primary way young children learn is through sensory-motor activity. The concentration of activities that allow children to understand simple concepts through their senses and physical activity promote muscle coordination, mass/weight judgment and powers of logic.
Number value is an important stepping stone for later math concepts. Ordering, grouping, and value are the areas of focus. The goal is to provide familiarity with math concepts so that later experiences will be approached positively.
The sensory-motor aspect of learning is stressed through the use of the moveable alphabet. Recognition, phonetics, and the understanding of the mechanics of reading and word recognition are focal points.
The globes and maps offer a beautiful, simple replication of the word we live in. Learning material provide well defined divisions between continents and oceans. Again, the sensory-motor emphasis is seen as the children FEEL their way into knowing basic shapes of the continents. This area also provides an introduction to simple science concepts.
In addition to the focus on Montessori Education, we also provide a focus in creative development. We focus on art and dance. We also offer ballet, soccer, baseball & Spanish through adjunct programs. Our goal is to provide your child with the most well rounded program possible.
Our program focuses on the cognitive, social, and emotional growth of our children as they prepare to enter kindergarten. It is our goal that the children, upon leaving our primary program, will have a solid familiarity with the upper/lower case alphabet, simple reading concepts, phonetic understanding, and a solid base of hands on math experiences that have developed their powers of logic and an understanding of cause and effect relationships. Socially, we want the children to feel confident in their abilities and opinions, to be able to communicate their needs verbally, and proficiency at solving social conflict through non-violent means. Emotionally, we want the children to feel that a teacher is someone to help them, and never someone that they should feel intimidated by.