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MONTESSORI

Regina Coeli Academy’s Children’s House offers both half-day and full-day programs for young children ages 3 through 4 years and a full day for children ages 5 and 6. The morning session begins at 8:00 am and ends at noon; the full day program is available from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Commonly referred to as the “Children’s House,” the Montessori method of education stresses the importance of respecting and guiding children to “Help me to help myself.” Dr. Maria Montessori, founder of the Montessori method of education, started her first classroom “Casa dei Bambini,” or Children’s House in 1907.

The goals for a child in the Montessori environment are: a love of learning, a sense of personal dignity and self-respect, independence, a sense of order, the ability to work with others, the ability to concentrate, muscular coordination, self-motivation, self-discipline and joy, and fulfillment in work for it's own sake without dependence upon an external reward.

The Montessori environment uses concrete learning materials through which children discover simple to complex concepts and are able to learn from their errors. Children develop self-discipline with an internal sense of purpose and motivation. The Montessori method is designed to recognize and allow for the different learning styles of each child. It encourages children to move about freely, to touch and explore the world around them under the guidance of their teacher. Children are encouraged to repeat activities in order to reinforce feelings of success. The Montessori environment also allows for social interaction with cooperative learning among the children. This environment is designed to meet the varying needs, interests, abilities and developmental levels of all the children in the class.

The Catholic faith formation component of the Montessori program, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, allows children to learn about signs of the Catholic liturgy and Holy Scripture. This is the heart of the Children’s House, and serves to prepare children for full participation in the life of the Church, rooted in a personal relationship with our Lord.

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