Montessori School Parent/Student Hand Book -
be sure that you have thoroughly read and understand the
Grace Montessori School handbook. Please let us know if you
have any questions, comments,
suggestions or concerns.
When you have finished reading the handbook, please print
out the Parent/Student handbook agreement form available
at the end of this
page, read and sign
it and return it with your child's registration package.
Signing the form indicates that you have read and fully
understand the handbook and are
prepared to work with the
school on the guidelines we have put in place for our
mission is to create an environment for children in
which they are encouraged to explore, create, socialize and celebrate
their unique talents. The school is committed to
developing within each child a sense of
responsibility and interdependence with their
community and the world.
providing quality education and care in the
comfortable classroom setting with a focus on
meaningful activities designed to complement the
child's life. We believe that the process of
lifelong learning is an exciting journey. The child
learns through wonderful and broad experiences that
are exposed to him/her at an early age. Children
learn best when exposed to various choices. Inner
discipline can only be achieved in an atmosphere of
freedom where the child is trusted to make choices
that are appropriate for their own level of
readiness. The teacher is there to support, teach,
encourage, redirect and supervise.
The Montessori approach is a system of education
which encompasses both the philosophy on the child's
growth and a rationale for guiding such growth. It
is based on the child's developmental needs for
freedom within limits. In addition, a carefully
prepared environment guarantees exposure to material
and experiences to develop intelligence as well as
physical and psychological abilities. It is designed
to take full advantage of the self motivation
process, the unique abilities of children and to
allow them to develop their own capabilities and
Grace Montessori strives to provide high quality
education and childcare programs consistent with the
Montessori philosophy. this includes fostering self
confidence, caring, independence and respecting the
fact that children are different from adults and
each other. We strive to meet the needs of working
parents or children 18 months to six years, be as
financially strong as it is educationally vibrant,
provide a strong sense of community for children and
their families. We seek to perpetuate and recognize
the unique and special relationship we have with our
Our rates are designed so that the longer
your child is at school, the lower your hourly rate.
We have designed various schedules to best suit your
childcare needs. These set schedules ensure that two
adults will be present during class time when there
are more than 12 children present in the Combo
classes and more than 6 children in the Basic Trust
class. This will increase individualized attention
and instruction to each child. Please make an
appointment with our Director to discuss tuition. We
do offer a VERY
LIMITED three day program from 8:30am to
12:30pm and 8:30am to 3:00pm. Please be sure that
when you register, you let us know which time slot
and days you are seeking so that we can best suit
the needs of you and your child. Three day programs
will be given on a first come first served basis.
Please make sure that the time slot you choose is
the exact time slot you are in need of as changes
are not easily made due to guidelines of the student
teacher ratio. We need to know in advance how many
teachers we will need to make sure the children are
getting the best educational experience possible.
You can view class times by clicking here: Class Information
you choose to remove your child for a period of time
to attend a program such as, but not limited to,
Leap Frog, you will be required to pay one half of
the monthly tuition in order to hold a spot for your
child at Grace Montessori. There will be no refunds
for days your child might miss for reasons such as,
but not limited to sickness and vacations.
Multi-age grouping accommodates the child's inner
development rather than relying on age as the
primary indicator for readiness with instruction.
Peer cooperation and peer tutoring increases
achievement and self esteem in both the older and
younger child. There is the added advantage that
students and teacher enjoy the experience of being
together for more than one year. In a multi-age
classroom there are also established models so that
teachers spend less time teaching the classroom
routines. Ultimately, multi-age grouping offers
increased flexibility and learning to the child's
approach typically appeals to people from diverse
and colorful backgrounds. We, as a school, wish to
expose and educate our children about the exciting
diversity that makes up our society. The children
will learn to embrace and respect the differences
within our population today. The children will
learn and be exposed to different cultures and
traditions from all over the world.
Most young infants, up to seven (7) months,
adapt to caring adults and seldom have problems
adjusting to childcare. Older infants may be
upset when left with strangers. They will need
extra time and your support to “get to know” the
show changes in behavior when they start
childcare. Toddlers may cry, act out and refuse to
go to childcare or act angry in other ways.
Preschoolers may regress and behave like a younger
child. They may be more wakeful at night. This
behavior usually goes away after a few days or
weeks in high quality childcare facility.
reduce your child's fears about starting
childcare. Visit the program or family childcare
home with your child before beginning care. Show
your child that you like and trust the caregiver.
Arrange a visit with in-home providers while you
are at home or when you need childcare for a short
time. Preparation and familiarity make any new
experience easier for children. There are also
storybooks about childcare that you can read
together. Check with your local library for titles
child has been in childcare, a sudden change in
caregivers may be upsetting. This can happen even
if the new caregiver is kind and competent. If you
are concerned about your child's feelings, you may
want to arrange a meeting the caregiver or ask
your Pediatrician for advice. Parents need to help
the caregivers and the child deal with any changes
in the child's routine at home or at childcare.
helps children grow in every way and promotes
their physical, social and mental development as
well as offering support to working parents. Your
Pediatrician wants your child to grow and develop
with enjoyment in a setting that supports you as a
parent, and so do we.
It is the expressed desire of the school to create a
sense of community within the children through our
work in the classrooms, education and filed trips.
In partnership with the parents, it is our goal to
teach children to be good corporate citizens of our
community. We want to create a sense of awareness
and eagerness for children to be a contributing part
of the community. If we create a sense of enthusiasm
and desire in the child to make a difference in the
world, then we have planted a seed for the future.
The school has a goal to create a stimulating and
cooperative environment rather than a competitive
environment. It is important for the children to
develop a joy and enthusiasm for learning. We
believe this is the core of our goal here at Grace
A Montessori Toddler Program All About:
Rest and inactivity are foreign to the
toddler's nature, something that every parent of a
toddler knows firsthand. The prepared toddler
environment is a place where the very young child is
able to act upon his nature energies and curiosity.
We all know the toddler is in constant motion and
objects just seem to leap up into his or her hands.
The toddler is encouraged to touch, handle and
explore everything in his surroundings. His
attention span is limited, so the prepared
environment provides a wide variety of materials.
The child is given freedom in the indoor and the
outdoor environments to select activities that
satisfy his needs. We encourage this within
appropriate limits. We also encourage independence.
The toddler wants to do things by himself,
unfortunately in today's hurry up pace, there is not
always time or patience to allow the small child to
complete the job at hand all by himself. The toddler
prepared environment and program are designed to be
convenient for the child. The prepare toddler
environment is his place to feel at ease and at
home. It is our aim, as the aware adult, to remove
obstacles that frustrate the child by building
furnishings to his size and having materials at his
arms reach and at his eye level.
What is a
Montessori Primary Program All about:
to the primary classroom varies in ages. A child
usually enters the classroom between the ages of 2
1/2 and 3 years old, demanding on the child's
readiness. The child will begin with the simplest
exercises based on activities to which she or she
is drawn. The materials and equipment used will
help to develop concentration, coordination,
independence and a sense of order.
The primary classroom is designed to take
advantage of the child's sensitive years between
the ages of 2 1/2 to 6, when the child best
absorbs information from and enriched environment.
We will try to cultivate his/her own natural
desire to learn. Our objective is to first allow
the children to experience the excitement of
learning by their own choice, rather than being
is a Montessori Kindergarten Program all about:
For The Calendar Year:
Camp: When Summer camp is over, we have
two weeks of extended day before the fall session
begins. If your child is not returning to Grace
Montessori in the Fall, their last day will be
during the last week of Summer school.
Parent education programs may be scheduled
through the year to share information about our
school and the progress we are making. Your
attendance is highly encouraged. Please refer to our
school calendar for dates and times.
We have a monthly newsletter which will be on
our website each month. Please make sure you read
the newsletter each month as this serves as a form
of communication that allows us to inform you of
upcoming events, important dates, time changes, PTO
information and at times, helpful information about
the growth and health of children. If you find that
you have not received a newsletter in your e-mail
and would like to, please let us know and we will
add your e-mail to our list: http://www.gracemontessorischool.org/ournewsletter.htm
Of The Year BBQ And Silent Auction:
We end our year with a BBQ and silent auction.
Families are encouraged to come and enjoy good food
and check out the items that the children have
worked on all year long that are up for auction.
This is a pot lock that we hold at the school and it
allows our staff and families to socialize one last
time before the Summer break. This event will be
held on a Friday, the last day of school.
In And Out:
It is very important that you sign your child in and
out EVERY DAY.
If you do NOT
sign in and out every day you will be charged for a
full day. Signing in and out allows us to keep track
of attendance for each student and to keep our
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