Applying Montessori Principles at Home
- Teach your child with real things. Take time to show the child how to handle things with care. He/she will be far more capable than you realize.
- When you want to teach your preschooler a new skill, break it down into small, precise steps.
- Cultivate the art of not helping your child whenever he/she can do a task for him/herself. “Any unnecessary aid is a hindrance to learning,” commented Dr. Montessori decades ago.
- When teaching a small child, slow down your movements. Use as few words as possible.
- Whenever possible, arrange your home so that your child can manage on his/her own. This includes low shelves for books and toys, low hooks and rods for clothes, appropriate food located on lower shelves in refrigerator and pantry, etc.
- Allow your child time to do a task without hurrying. The child needs to repeat activities often even after it appears to be mastered. See that your child has much choice over his/her own activities and learning. He/she can’t live up to his/her potential unless there is opportunity for independent work.
- Don’t insist that your child try a new activity if he/she isn’t interested. Don’t persist on making him/her stick at learning a task when he/she doesn’t want to.
- Make discipline interesting—“Let’s see how quietly you can close the door…”
- When your child finishes a task, don’t redo it the “correct” way when your child is watching.
We strive for diversity and excellence. We welcome any child whose parents would like to give their son or daughter the lifelong benefit of Montessori early education.
Montessori School of Agoura admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to students and the School. Montessori School of Agoura does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, policies, and other school-administrated programs.
To apply at the Montessori School of Agoura, please call us to receive our application packet and to schedule a tour and an evaluation of your child’s readiness for our program. After your appointed and brief consultation with the director, you will receive your registration papers. Upon acceptance and space availability, your child will be able to start as soon as your registration and fee responsibilities are met.
Montessori School of Agoura Parents’ Association
Montessori School of Agoura Parents’ Association – MSAPA, Inc. a non profit public benefit foundation, was started by parents to support and enhance the academic and personal growth of the children’s educational experience at the Montessori School of Agoura.
Parents constantly express pleasure at the eagerness with which their children arrive at the Montessori School of Agoura each morning.
“Our two children attended Montessori School of Agoura and we were very impressed with the traditional Montessori education that our children experienced. The quality of every teacher at this school is top notch. Their priority is providing an environment that teaches the child life values/skills and how to respect each other, grown-ups and the community we live in as well as developing an independent curiosity for learning. The education our children received at this school provided a strong foundation in reading, language arts, mathematical concepts, science and problem solving. ” Monica Chizzo
“Every teacher we have come to know and love at MSA has been exceptional. Your school has given him the best start in school that we could ever ask for.” Shelby Ledgerwood
Over the years, in combination, my boys have attended 3 preschools and 3 summer camps. When it came time for Austin to start pre-school we visited 2 other Montessori schools and 2 preschools (not including the ones my older son had been to.) We could tell immediately when we visited MSA that it was the one. Ms. Kara showed us around. So many other places it seemed the teachers were barely awake. Everyone at MSA had a sparkle in their eye. The curriculum, the teachers and the caring environment – we could not have asked for more. And trust me, we looked around and compared – a lot!
In regards to the Montessori curriculum, when my older son started kindergarten, about a week into the new school year his teacher pulled me aside and said “C can read!” I said “Don’t they all?” I had no idea how far ahead the Montessori methods had put him until we entered the public school system. C tested at 2nd grade reading level in KG and is now in the magnet program at Welby Way. I know A is different than C and may not reach the same scholastic achievement (or maybe he’ll surpass him!) but Montessori gives kids such a great, natural way to learn. I just loved it when Ms. Kara explained how math is taught with both the actual numbers and the physical blocks showing the physical amount – it’s fantastic! It’s taking what kids touch, feel and see in the real world and converting it to the actual numbers we use to do math. Genius! (You can see, I am big fan. I tell everyone about it that has kids.) Best,Shelby
“Our son LOVES it there. He absolutely adores Miss Rebecca and all the other teachers and we’re simply thrilled at how happy he seems. We never got this kind of reaction from him at our previous school” Dave Waltuch
“Thanks for leading such a nurturing and joyful school. You make it easy for me to feel helpful when I can’t really be here physically. Much gratitude” – Chi Kim