The Montessori School of University Heights is a pre-primary school dedicated to helping the child become the unique person his/her Creator intended. This is achieved according to the principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in a Christian atmosphere of peace, love, and respect. We provide a prepared environment designed according to the child's needs where s/he is free to develop her/his physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual powers to the fullest in a non-competitive atmosphere that allows the child to develop at his/her own developmental rate according to each child's own capacities. The child gradually develops inner discipline, a sense of self-worth, and a sense of service and respect for others and the world.
"The most important period of life is not the age of university studies but the first one, the period of birth to age six. For that is the time when man's intelligence itself, his greatest implement is being formed." (Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind)
Dr. Maria Montessori defined the first plane of development from birth to age six a a time of great creation and transformation. It is during this time that the child's personality, will, memory, intellect, and intelligence are formed. Dr. Montessori recognized that the young child from birth to age six possesses a unique mental capacity which she defined as the "Absorbent Mind." The young child's mind is able to absorb information from the environment like a sponge absorbs water, without any effort at all. It is through the action of the absorbent mind that the child comes to know and adapt to the world. Dr. Montessori observed that the young child experiences "sensitive periods" that guide his/her development. During these sensitive periods the child is intrinsically drawn to focus on certain actions, objects or aspects of their environment in an effort to acquire specific traits and characteristics.
At the Montessori School of University Heights we serve the development of each child as we put Dr. Montessori's discoveries into practice by: