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It isn't just cause and effect.

A good plant in poor soil will spend its energy adapting, adjusting, typically trading developmental complexity for simple survival.

That same plant in rich soil is another matter entirely.  A fertile, loamy mix doesn't just allow for easy growth.  It encourages it.  Energy that isn't required for survival can be applied to other tasks, strengthening roots and leaves, steadily expanding the shrub's ability to collect light, water, nutrients... to become something new.

You've read this far because you have a healthy interest in the early childhood experience.  The years between three and six were a primary focus for Dotteressa Montessori throughout her forty-two year career as a pedagogue and researcher.  They're the ground in which our minds and our characters are rooted.  A Montessori approach, deftly applied, reduces adaptive stress and draws out the emerging self within each child, feeding the muse of curiosity, fostering self-reliance and nurturing collaboration, cooperation and creativity.

Functioning like an extended family, the three-year (3-6) Montessori cohort provides a habitat wherein each child is both learner and a teacher, an explorer and (eventually) a guide, looking out for others while being looked out for.  It is a remarkable, occasionally magical environment.  And it is very good soil.

PS - Recognize any of the Montessori alumni on this page?


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It wasn't that long ago.  Many of us have grandparents whose early education was delivered by members of their own nuclear families.  Some of them returned home after the service or schooling to join family businesses.  The desire for home and kin is hardwired into our species.  It may get stretched and stressed, but it never goes away.

We know that you'd do this yourself if you could.  We also know that no early-childhood program ever replaces the exquisite beauty of home.  Still, a good, small-scaled, developmentally based program can significantly augment the care that you provide.  Our house, our staff and the Montessori approach are all grounded in the notion that each child carries a unique and boundless potential, an individual genius which is waiting to discover and to be discovered.  We know you'll find Maria's House truly is... close to home.

Use the links on this page to learn more about our house, our director, inquiry and application, and the Montessori Difference.

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