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Do you want your child to fall in love with learning?

Sun Grove Montessori School fosters independence, confidence, critical thinking abilities and creativity in a warm and welcoming environment. Our hands-on, ‘whole child’ approach supports each student’s unique qualities and individual learning style for a learning experience that’s compelling, effective and fun!

✅ Innovative academic program
✅ Personalized & flexible approach works with each student’s unique gifts
✅ Hands-on exploration and discovery
✅ Low student-to-teacher ratio
✅ Multi- age environments
✅ Outdoor learning
✅ Friendly, collaborative environment

For enrollment inquiries, please contact us at 772-464-5436 or sgms@sungrovemontessori.org.

Openings for children 6 weeks to 15 years old

Sun Grove Montessori School

Sun Grove Montessori School seeks to create a learning environment that is conducive to the unique development of each individual and strives to foster a natural desire and love of learning.

For more than 40 years, we’ve been passionate about achieving an authentic Montessori education for our students—results that go beyond testing and are uniquely tailored, pragmatic, holistic and enduring.

WORLD

Our vision is of individuals and societies who: strive to lead a peaceful, harmonious life with others; accept and respect the diversity of the global community; are resourceful, responsible, and passionate about protecting the earth’s health and biodiversity.

CHILD

Our vision is of children who are inspired to: grow into responsible, empathetic, and peaceful adults; utilize creative, independent, and critical thinking abilities; demonstrate enthusiasm for life and learning; take initiative in endeavoring to fulfill their dreams.

STAFF

Our vision is of adults who: understand and support Sun Grove Montessori School’s vision, mission and philosophy; respect and nurture the growth of each child’s aesthetic, creative, ethical, intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual development; lead by example and embrace lifelong learning.

PARENT

Our vision is of parents who: strive to understand and support Sun Grove Montessori School’s vision, mission, and philosophy; desire a Montessori education for their children; work as ambassadors within our school and broader community.

GOVERNANCE

Our vision is of a Board of Trustees and administration who: actively support the school community by upholding the vision, mission, and philosophy of Sun Grove Montessori School; and who dedicate themselves to the study and implementation of “best practices” in all areas of governance.

Accreditation

Sun Grove Montessori School achieved full accreditation status on May 23, 2016 from the International Montessori Council (IMC). Accreditation indicates to the public that we have voluntarily invited our practices to be compared with the standards of Best Practice established by leaders in the International Montessori School Accreditation community. This process will ensure we remain authentic in our practice, effective in our work with children, and worthy of public trust and confidence.

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A Little About Our Programs

Infant Program – 6 weeks to 18 months

The Infant and Toddler environments are prepared to aid in the natural development of the child. These environments are physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing. The child is free to explore and manipulate, and to be fully involved in learning projects. We allow children to do what they are ready and willing to do. We reinforce their self-initiated activities by paying full attention, while being quietly available, and by appreciating and enjoying what the children actually do. Our environments are sanitary, and our student-to-caregiver ratios are low. We want to make your child’s school experience a positive one.

The infant environment of Sun Grove Montessori School is prepared to aid in the natural development of the child. Infancy is a period of rapid change physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively and neurologically. Therefore, it is important that the environment for the child be physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing. During this time, exposure to the appropriate materials and experiences is critical. The child is free to explore and manipulate, fully involved in learning projects. We allow children to do what they are ready and willing to do. We reinforce their self-initiated activities by paying full attention, while being quietly available, and by appreciating and enjoying what the children actually do. For example, infants who are learning to walk need a free range of motion and the opportunity to move.

Toddler Program – 15 months to 3 years

During this time, exposure to the appropriate materials and experiences is critical. The child is free to explore and manipulate, fully involved in learning projects. We allow children to do what they are ready and willing to do. We reinforce their self-initiated activities by paying full attention, while being quietly available, and by appreciating and enjoying what the children actually do. For example, toddlers who are mastering their toileting skills need free access to changing and toileting areas in order to take control of their bodily functions. In a Montessori environment, the changing and toileting area is on the child’s level where he or she need not ask to go, and other friends may watch and learn. The toddlers not only appreciate this opportunity, they also make good use of it by learning to use the toilet sooner.

A job chart is being utilized in the classrooms. The children are assigned tasks such as: holding the gate, helping with shoes, watering plants, helps with snack, cleaning work, handing out wash cloths, straightening the library books, putting work away, setting up the dish drainer, reporting on the weather, collecting laundry, setting up the cot room, and setting up lunch. The lunch helper will be in charge of taking out the other friends’ lunches and putting it on their plates.

Parents are invited to observe at any time. We encourage family involvement in all of our programs at Sun Grove.

Your child’s experience in school should be positive. Our environment is sanitary, and our friend to caregiver ratio is low (6 toddlers: 1 staff member). Sun Grove Montessori School is here for you and your child, providing quality care and valuable learning experiences.

Your child’s experience in school should be positive. Our environment is sanitary, and our friend to caregiver ratio is low (6 toddlers: 1 staff member). Sun Grove Montessori School is here for you and your child, providing quality care and valuable learning experiences.

Primary Program – 2½ years to 6 years

The primary program is prepared to be homelike, welcoming, aesthetically pleasing, and orderly so children come to think of the setting as a ‘mini-community’ where they learn skills they can apply at home and in the wider community. Cooperation, rather than competition, is encouraged.

The prepared environment incorporates indoor and outdoor spaces. Both spaces complement each other and are available to the children. Practical life activities are part of both indoor and outdoor environments. Children may also choose to work with materials in the sensorial, mathematics, or language areas in the outside environment as long as they are using the materials for the educational purpose for which they have been designed. In addition, the outdoor environment includes gardens (both wild and planted), which children care for, and in which they develop a growing awareness of the importance of the natural environment to the well-being of all living things. Activities in the outdoor environment nurture an appreciation of the natural world and an awareness of its importance to the wellbeing of all living things including themselves.

The ordered primary environment provides children with structure and predictability and helps them orient themselves both to the physical environment and to the multi-age ‘mini-community’ within the environment. There is a strong emphasis on children developing the independence, cooperation, and skills for daily living that enable each one to become a valued and independent member of the primary community.

Elementary – 1st-6th Grade

The Montessori environment prepared for the second plane of development prepares children for adolescence by fostering self-regulation, social and intellectual skills and a vision of the place of humanity in the universe. This approach provides a framework that supports young people when they are faced with critical choices in the future.

Students work in a stress-free, ungraded environment. These environments are structured to move students toward mental work at an abstract level. In addition to perfecting math and reading skills, the Montessori elementary curriculum presents the opportunity to explore cultural subjects, history, geography, geometry, and the natural sciences.

The preparation of the Montessori learning environment for the second plane of development and the design of the resources and activities offered to these children are based on the Montessori understanding of the distinctive characteristics of children of this age.

The Montessori environment for the second plane of development is designed for a mini-community of peers. As children begin to disengage from the family, they strive to ‘belong’ to, and become accepted by, a new community, this time of peers. Membership of this new community supports children as they become increasingly independent of the family, an independence that enables them to do things by themselves, and for themselves and others. A social environment of this type enables children, over time, to mature socially. In a community of peers, the first question children ask is, ‘Can we work together?’ In the Montessori learning environment this community provides them with the opportunity to collaborate on research projects and to share information.

For this reason, lessons in the environment prepared for children of elementary age are given not only individually, but also in small groups. Children who have had the same lesson are then able to follow up the work together.

Middle School – 7th and 8th grade

The Montessori Middle School philosophy provides opportunities and support for adolescents as they gain self-knowledge and self-confidence. They belong to a community in which they are responsible for their own behavior. They learn to be adaptable, academically competent and challenged, and to create a vision for their personal future. These adolescents become empowered to be peaceful, accomplished, and involved citizens of the world.

Sun Grove Montessori School uses a National Montessori Curriculum guide and a team-teaching model.

Educational environments prepared for adolescents by Montessori educators are designed to build an adolescent community in which young people gain social experience that prepares them for adulthood. The right environment for adolescents, according to Dr. Montessori (1992 [1949]: 109) is one in which they can have ‘effective, practical experience of every aspect of social life’. One of the central roles of the Montessori environment prepared for adolescents is to initiate these young people into the world of adult work.

Hear it from our parents!

“During our tour we were blown away by the confidence and calm, loving nature in each room of children and teachers we visited. It was obvious then, and even more so now, that the Sun Grove environment was exactly what we were looking for. Our daughter is excited every day to play and learn with her friends (she even wants to go on the weekends!) We look forward to watching her grow and flourish with the help of this amazing staff!! Thank You Sun Grove!”

CHARISEE M.

Parent

“When he first started at Sun Grove Montessori, he was scared and was not trusting of his peers and staff members. He was bullied at the public school he was previously at and him and I decided he needed a change. I didn’t know much about the Montessori curriculum or what was expected from the parents and students, but the staff and the students at Sun Grove have made not only myself, but my son feel safe and welcomed. He is excited to go to school everyday and looks forward to all the new things he will learn.”

DEVINY

Parent