The Benefits of a Start at Boulder Knoll

Educational

“Given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to make connections, Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century.” (The American Montessori Society)

  • Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he/she is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.
  • Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order, coordination, concentration, and independence. Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-regulation” (ability to educate one’s self and to think about what one is learning).
  • Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge. Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.
  • Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors.

Social Development

  • Our multi-aged classroom offers opportunities for children to learn from older children, develop relationships with children of other ages, and to become leaders and teachers in their kindergarten year.
  • Children learn to work alone, with a friend, or in small groups. Opportunities for these diverse learning dynamics prepare children for all aspects of elementary school life.

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  • Students are part of a close, caring community. The multi-age classroom re-creates a family structure. Older students enjoy stature as mentors and role models; younger children feel supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead. Teachers model respect, loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution.
  • Daily, supervised free time in the outdoors provides children with experiences to develop social and emotional skills of cooperation, self-advocacy, sharing, turn- taking, problem solving and verbalization of emotions.
  • Daily supervised unstructured free time in the outdoors help children develop creativity, an appreciation of the natural world, and the ability to use their imagination for play. This critical time, away from the technology of today’s daily life, helps young children learn to engage in a world beyond the screen.

Family Involvement, Support and Collaboration

  • Family involvement in our program encourages parents to visit our classroom, to share special time with their child, and share special talents with the class.
  • Our staff is available to support families as they navigate the world of early childhood and beyond. Formal and informal conversations allow for sharing of ideas, brainstorming solutions and collaboration to serve the individual needs of each child.

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