It was really hard to decide which area of development in the Children's House, Montessori's preschool environment I would write about first. I mean, how do you choose? The materials used to introduce reading and writing fascinate the heck out of me. However, what really blows my mind is to see the progression of mathematics. But in true Montessori fashion, all of the guides in our school implored me to move through the materials as a child might, starting on their first day and progressing through kindergarten graduation. Sigh. Ok. You got me. But first, I need to make sure you understand how the classroom, otherwise known as the prepared environment, is setup.
If you’ve been exploring options for preschools, you may have been surprised at how often you find schools with “Montessori” as part of the name. More and more schools are using the term Montessori, even when the school is not accredited or the teachers aren’t formally trained in the Montessori method. The truth is that the word "Montessori" is not legally protected and can be used by anyone, which can be confusing to parents looking for a true Montessori education for their child.
White Bear Montessori School is accredited through the Association Montessori International (AMI), one of the two major Montessori organizations in the U.S. that recognize the authenticity of schools. This high standard of recognition holds our program and teachers to a standard that meets or exceeds all of Dr. Maria Montessori’s core concepts for early childhood education.