Villa Montessori Preschool Leesburg in Leesburg, Virginia, is happy to announce that an extremely happy parent had taken the time to provide them with a glowing testimonial. In response, the preschool has featured the five star review in a showcase video, which was published on November 5 and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT03KCFC_UY.
Marny Birkitt says, "My daughter was lucky enough to be able to stay with me up until she was three years old. Then my work situation changed. Villa Montessori worked with me to make the transition easy for my daughter and me. She has been there for only 9 months but has learned so much. If you are looking for a small school that focuses on your child then look no further."
Ms. Kimberly, the School Director at Villa Montessori Preschool Leesburg, wants to emphasize that they are a unique preschool designed for parents who are looking for a school for their adventurous and curious children. They have programs for toddlers or 18 month old children up to six year old children.
Ms. Kimberly explains that the Montessori Method was created by Dr. Maria Montessori, who had worked with pediatric psychiatric patients in Rome. Dr. Montessori had observed that it was natural for children to want to explore and learn from their environments. With that as the guiding principle, the Montessori curriculum was designed to have educational materials that have been scientifically designed to be project-oriented and hands-on. Those who need to find their location can visit their Google Maps page at https://goo.gl/maps/7qyp6exeoRv.
In a Montessori classroom, the child is allowed to experience the joy of self-discovery by working independently. The role of the teacher is a guide who introduces materials that the children can choose from. While lessons are provided, the goal is for children is discover the answers through self-correcting or auto-didactic materials that can only be found in Montessori classrooms. Dr. Montessori's concept was "that education is not a chore, but a joyous exploration of life’s mysteries" and this is what makes the Montessori system unique from the traditional classroom.
Meanwhile, the Reggio Emilia approach was founded by Loris Malaguzzi. In this approach, children are not subjected to the traditional "rote memory" learning system. Instead, the Reggio curriculum is designed to help children develop the higher critical thinking skills that are required to be able to know and understand the questions to ask. Again, it is presumed that children have the natural tendency to want to learn. The role of the teacher is observe and listen and then present provocations that target the interests of the children, allowing them to gain new insights.
In the Reggio system, the teachers are collaborators and co-learners with their students. They try to uncover the true interests of each child and then collaborate with the child to stimulate deeper learning experiences allowing for a lot of opportunity for exploring the interests of the child.
The teachers will then document the students' learning experiences through notes, videos, photographs, and projects. The goal is to find new ideas and methods that will inspire the students to go beyond the materials provided and ask the questions that will enhance their critical thinking skills. Meanwhile, the environment also serves as a teacher for the students. As such, the classrooms at Villa Montessori Preschool Leesburg contain a wide range of materials that promote the curiosities and creative ideas of the children.
Meanwhile, the full-day kindergarten curriculum at Villa Montessori Preschool Leesburg contains units that combine mathematics, language, science, art, history, geography, and cultural studies. The student/teacher ratio is kept low to allow for very personalized teaching. The kindergarten program has been designed for children who become five years old not later than September 30.
Ms. Kimberly wants to point out that Montessori for kindergarten is recommended because it is a special time in the Montessori journey of the children. This is because after two full years, the five year old children now consider the Montessori classroom as a familiar environment. But it is during this third year in the Montessori environment that the children will experience what Dr. Montessori called an "explosion into learning". The children begin to experience mastery and control over their skills and the concepts they have learned from their previous primary years. This contributes to the children's self-esteem and the development of their leadership skills.
Villa Montessori Preschool Leesburg has more than 12 years of experience in integrating the Montessori and Reggio curricula. The school is centrally located in Leesburg, Virginia, so that they are able to serve families from the surrounding areas in Round Hill, Purcellville, Paeonian Springs, Hamilton, Lovettsville, Lansdowne, Ashburn, Lucketts, South Riding, Brambleton, Sterling, and Waterford.
Those interested in learning more can visit the Villa Montessori Preschool Leesburg Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/villamontessorileesburg/, their website or contact them by phone.
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