Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was a pioneer of early childhood education. Through her observations and work with children she understood how the inherent curiosity of a three year old can be fostered into a lifelong love of learning. At Sunshine House, it is our goal to provide activities to inspire this intrinsic motivation in children.
Our classrooms are prepared with interesting materials that spark curiosity and lead to a deeper understanding of math, language, culture, science and art. We believe that children absorb more from the works they choose for themselves. We focus on encouraging them, instead of directing them, to choose challenging works when they are ready.
Our teachers feel strongly that a balance of social, physical and mental development of the young child is essential. Young children are in the classroom for longer periods than Maria Montessori anticipated, and we use the additional time to encourage a sense of community and fun. We include a large amount of outside time and optional activity time in our Montessori program so that each child may choose to meet his or her unique needs and special interests. We also feel that rich, imaginative play is a vital part of social development therefore we expanded the traditional Montessori environment to include a playroom with costumes, games and blocks.
We pay particular attention to building a sense of respect for each other. The mixed-aged classroom provides the opportunity for children to learn from their peers and develop leadership skills as second and third year students. The mixed age group develops a strong sense of community and responsibility to each other and the school environment.
With the support of concerned, loving parents and teachers, we hope our children will have an enthusiasm for new experiences, a love of learning, and respect for themselves, others and the environment.