A Day at Mariposa
The guiding principles of Montessori education are grounded in over one hundred years of work with children around the world, since the opening of the first Montessori school – Casa Dei Bambini, or Children’s House – in Rome in 1907. The pedagogy is based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, an acclaimed Italian physician, educator and innovator, whose research and its implementation is based on the way children naturally learn.
Montessori methodology reframes the adult/child relationship and places the child at the center of his/her own learning. True to this perspective, Montessori teachers are referred to as “Guides” as they “guide” the children to reach their highest potential, respecting them as separate and unique individuals.
The implementation of the Montessori pedagogy is achieved through the “Prepared Environment” – a functional platform of every classroom. The child’s need changes as she/he moves through developmental stages. As such the classroom environment is prepared, in every way, to optimize each child’s holistic development - physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. This unique Montessori prepared environment:
Reduces children’s dependence on the adult, liberating their limitless energy for growth
Promotes exploration through variety of activities for meaningful engagement through interactive materials
Enables learning to be a self-directed process of problem-solving and discovery
Fosters imagination and creativity at every stage of learning through open-ended activities
Allows for freedom of choice and independence within clear, firm and practical boundaries with logical consequences
The Montessori-trained adult’s specialized training focuses on knowledge of the child’s developmental needs, the purpose and use of each piece of material in the classroom, and a deep understanding of means to foster social harmony in the classroom and respect for every individual in it.
Sample Daily Program
9:03 - 9:15 AM Drop-off
9:15-11:00 AM Classroom Time (individual lessons, small group sessions, and independent work)
11:00 - 11:30 AM Outside Free Play
11:30 - 11:45 AM Circle Time (theme, calendar, songs, stories, sharing, and movement)
11:45 - 12:00 PM Preparation for lunch
12:10 - 12:40 PM Lunch
12:40 - 1:00 PM Circle Time (group lessons)
1:00 - 1:15 PM Outside Free Play
1:15 - 1:30 PM Dismissal
1:30 - 2:30 PM Extended work period (5-day extended program) or Enrichment Program
2:30 - 3:30 PM Aftercare Program
Mariposa offers an Early Drop-off option between the hours of 8:15 – 9:00 AM. Families can select a 2-day, 3-day, or 5-day option to correspond to their program choices. Occasional drop-off, on an as needed basis, is also available with at least 24-hour notice.
The early drop-off room provides a calm and nurturing place for the children in the morning and, as it replicates the regular Montessori environment, allows for seamless transition to their classrooms once the school day begins.