A Montessori Education

Our Programs

Mel-O-Dee Montessori offers three programs of Montessori education for children 18 months through six years.

Our Toddler Program provides small, intimate classes for students age 18 months through 2 1/2 years. The focus is on carefully guiding each student into the new environment of the classroom and introducing the Montessori lessons and materials. Children at this age crave independence and are eager to learn. We stress social interaction with the other students, as well as the development of language and practical life skills. The Montessori curriculum at this level emphasizes fine and gross motor coordination through the use of sensorial materials. These materials are kept at the child's level and students are invited to move about the classroom freely and choose among a variety of activities. The children participate in group activities that encourage socialization and opportunities for outdoor play are provided every day (unless the weather does not permit it). This program prepares the student for the Pre-Primary classroom.

Our Pre-Primary classrooms (2 1/2 to 6 years) provide the mixed-age environment that is a fundamental tenant of a Montessori education. Younger and older children work together — the younger children learn by observing and working side-by-side with the older children, who in turn have the opportunity to reinforce skills previously learned as well as become role models. During the school day, teachers provide lessons using Montessori materials and methods that allow children to increasingly acquire a deeper understanding of how the materials can be utilized and manipulated. The focus is on providing a well-rounded education in the following areas — Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, and Cultural Subjects.

For information regarding our Kindergarten classroom, please click here.

The Montessori Classroom

The purpose of the Montessori classroom is to enable children to develop and expand their natural ability to learn through self-directed activity. Throughout the day, each child is allowed to work comfortably at a table or on a mat on the floor, and is able to choose an activity suited to their individual interest.

The children work in a prepared environment with attractive materials, which are arranged on low shelves within easy reach of even the smallest child. The materials designed for use in the Montessori classroom enable independent activity and self-teaching. By using these materials under the guidance of a Montessori-trained teacher, each child is able to work at their own pace, thus accommodating many levels of ability in a single classroom.

Areas of Focus

A full range of Montessori materials are provided in the following areas: