Creative Minds Montessori is a child centered approach and based on the belief that all the children are unique individuals and each has an immense potential to learn and grow.
We view children as competent, capable, rich in potential and curious learners who retain their curiosity throughout life by active participation, exploration, and discovery.
The teacher, child and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. The child, through the individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop himself, interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed.
Creative Minds Montessori’s mission is to offer a quality and a nurturing program to the children aged 6 weeks through Kindergarten.
Committed to an excellent holistic Montessori education that includes the partnership and involvement of families within our community. We are inspired by a growth mindset and are dedicated to serving the individual educational needs for children of all backgrounds.
Creative Minds Montessori fosters rigorous, self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development—cognitive, emotional, social, and physical.
At our school we involve children’s natural interests and activities rather than formal teaching methods. Our classroom places an emphasis on hands-on learning and developing real-world skills. We emphasize independence and it views children as naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a sufficiently supportive and well-prepared learning environment.
We focus on creative experiences, imagination and nourishing the mind, body and soul.This creates an environment that encourages imagination, creativity, and overall well being of a child.
Rich curriculum that incorporates art
Using our richly artistic curriculum, each child is free to express their creativity alongside preparing for lifelong success. Arts are woven throughout all content areas to explore a child’s imagination.
This process transforms education into an integrative process that educates the whole child – creatively, socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically.Creativity is fostered through developmentally appropriate art experiences with various mediums.
We provide open ended materials and activities so the possibilities of unique expression is limitless!
We take pride in honing artistic minds which form a solid base for learning.
Instill the love of learning!
Creative Minds’ Montessori’s mission is to cultivate a lifelong love of learning. Through nurturing each child’s powerful imagination and natural curiosity, we strive to ensure what they learn becomes their own.
We design our thematic units in broad categories so the children can play an active role in their learning by choosing sub topics they want to investigate further. For example, if the broad topic is “Animal Kingdom”, our teachers assess the students interest to guide how long to cover a sub topic such as mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles, fish or any other animal family that sparks curiosity. When children learn through their interests, they are more likely to retain the information and be intrinsically motivated to independently seek out learning opportunities.
Music through Montessori lens:
Music plays a central role in Montessori education because it has many positive effects on a child’s development. Music teaches children to express themselves and their feelings nonverbally. Music helps with cognitive development, promotes spatial awareness, and improves language, reading, and writing skills.
Music is key for refining a child’s auditory sense. The Montessori sensorial curriculum begins this work, but music brings much more complex stimuli, teaching a child to understand different qualities of sound: color, volume, tone.
This enhances other aspects of brain development, especially language and communication, as well as mathematical thinking. Creating music, whether through singing or instrument play, also integrates the mind and body and enriches our motor skills – which, as we know, is the foundation of building human intelligence.
Creative Minds Montessori focuses on fostering independence through life skills responsibilities and making them morally responsible citizens by community building.
It is a natural experience for children to observe adults and then imitate what they see from having a positive disposition to taking care of others and our surroundings. Starting in our toddlers class, we begin to have children take on age appropriate responsibilities in the classroom such as cleaning up, laying out nap mats and scraping food from lunch into the trash. As they get older, they start to take on more responsibilities like, pulling weeds and watering our garden, wiping tables, serving food and sweeping the floor. All of these skills are modeled by teachers and then transferred over to the children with guidance and patience.
Our teachers in the infant, toddler and preschool program at Creative Minds Montessori take the role of nurturing concentration very seriously. This is done through close observation, a well-organized environment full of developmentally appropriate and enticing materials to spark their curiosity, and a gentle and loving approach that encourages independence. At Creative Minds we cultivate a life long love for learning. We are the only Montessori school in the area which incorporates a Waldorf program that heavily emphasizes creative artistic experiences, imagination and nourishing the heart, hands and head. Our environment is joyful and inviting due to our philosophy that children should be allowed to use their imagination, create their own experiences and feel comfortable taking risks because they have the love and warmth from teachers and peers alike.
“Divergent thinking skills are considered to be at the heart of creativity; creative thinkers use both divergent and convergent thinking. And the Montessori method encourages divergent thinking and creativity”.
The Montessori classroom is referred to as the prepared environment because it is purposefully prepared by a trained Montessori educator to create the optimal learning environment for children. It is a meaningfully structured learning space where everything has a purpose and a place. Furniture is light and child-sized, learning materials are designed to fit in children’s hands, and everything is designed to be open and accessible. The prepared environment activates a love of learning through curiosity, stability, and the freedom to choose.