IvyCrest enriches children with an abundant curriculum in an environment that enables them to fully develop their potential. Each child is recognized as an individual, with varying abilities, needs and interests. Our child-centered program satisfies and appeals to the needs of each child, rather than a static curriculum that every child must follow at the same pace. Our classrooms serve the needs of children within a three year age range, allowing the flexibility to work with children at the academic level that's right for them. The children are encouraged to discover their own innate abilities and to develop a strong sense of independence. IvyCrest faculty promotes collaboration, not competition, and establishes a deep sense of respect through grace and courtesy exercises. Furthermore, the children are not insulated in their endeavors; rather, their classroom work is integrated with community outreach programs, to widen the childrenīs awareness and sense of social responsibility.
"The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the period from birth to age six, for that is the time when man's intelligence itself is being formed. At no other age has the child a greater need of intelligent help, and any obstacle that impedes his creative work will lessen his chance of achieving perfection." - Dr. Maria Montessori
Thanks to the forethought of its founder, the Montessori concept is unique in its ability to meet the needs of the developing child. The ultimate goal of Montessori is to yield a truly educated person, who will continue to learn long after he or she leaves the classroom. Natural curiosity and a thirst for knowledge will provide lifelong motivation to learn.
The Montessori concept encompasses both a philosophy and a method of education that will maximize the potential of your child, capitalizing on the innate desire of children to learn. The specially-developed teaching and learning tools contained in the Montessori classroom are key to the process, and ensure learning is enjoyable for children.
The Montessori Method is supported by hundreds of unique didactic (self-teaching) tools available in each classroom. Unlike traditional teaching tools, they are not linked to specific knowledge, skills or usage, but exist to stimulate mental development and constructive thinking. They also increase attention to detail coordination and foster exemplary work habits.