Merrimack Valley Montessori School
Welcome to our school. We are delighted to show you around, and hopefully answer many of the questions you have about this important choice you are making for your children.
MVMS has been here in Southern New Hampshire since 1984, with our youngest children starting around their 3rd birthday, and continuing all the way through to the end of kindergarten year. Multi-age classes give everyone a truly authentic Montessori experience, coupled with tremendous enthusiasm and joy.
Many places promise a developmentally appropriate curriculum. What that really means is that the school promises to give each child what they need, when they need it. The genius of a well-run Montessori classroom is that this is really possible, and we are delighted to have the privilege of providing it at MVMS, for family after family. We are now seeing former students enrolling their own children, and word of mouth is still our #1 way of marketing our program.
Teaching the Whole Child
MVMS is dedicated to teaching the whole child. Of course, the academic components are important, and we provide that, with self-help and independence skills in our Practical Life, a personalized and natural progression in grading, sorting and classifying activities that we call Sensorial, and high quality Math, Language, Geography, Science, and Cultural studies. Individual or small group lessons, and a “work-time” that allows children to choose their own activities, give a rich and varied curriculum. Teachers link what the child is ready for, and interested in, and so learning feels relevant and enjoyable to the child (there's that “developmentally appropriate” again).
All our lead teachers have Montessori certifications from the American Montessori Society, and a wealth of experience working with children. We train ourselves to be expert observers of children, so that we know when, or even if, to step in to enhance a child's learning experience. We feel more like guides than teachers in the accepted sense of the word. On top of that, we spend many hours out of school hours thoughtfully setting up our classrooms in response to our children's needs. Most of us discovered Montessori schools for our own children, and then trained and stayed on as teachers. We love what we do, even after many years for some of us. Teaching Montessori always stays fresh and new, because each child who walks through the door is their own person. And that is what Montessori does best - focuses on what each child needs in order to learn in a most joyful way. And with a wonderful mixture of experience, our staff are a great team who are in it for the 'long haul' because they are dedicated to MVMS and to Montessori philosophy.
But alongside those academic skills, MVMS teachers want all the social, and creative, and adventurous parts of childhood to be respected as well. Playing with friends, discovering bugs in our peace garden, painting wild pictures on the easel, making food for each other and sharing it with what we call grace and courtesy (and which our mothers call 'good manners'), are all important rites of childhood.
We live in a time when many of these are neglected and we are proud that, at MVMS, we consider them to be equally important to those emerging math and language skills.
Creating Life-Long Learners
How children feel about their learning is probably the most important piece of all to MVMS teachers. We want them to be proud of what they can do, and to be honest and accepting of what they still need to work on. We want them to try to figure stuff out, to use teachers and each other as problem-solving tools, and to feel that they are capable of meeting new challenges. It is these important attitudes that all of us want our children to maintain as they move through their school years.
The End Result
Between the ages of 3 and 6 years old, your child is capable of more learning than at any other time in his/her life. If a child is guided intelligently, learning becomes a joyful experience. Feeling independent, being able to concentrate deeply, and finding delight in both social experiences and new learning opportunities, it is no wonder children love MVMS so much.
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