"The activity of the child has always been looked upon as an expression of his vitality. But his activity is really the work performed in building up the man he is to become. It is the incarnation of the human spirit."

- Dr. Maria Montessori

The IvyCrest Montessori curriculum is based upon the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, and is developmentally appropriate for children from birth through sixth grade. The focus is on the whole child - physical, emotional, social, cognitive, creative and artistic development, are stressed equally.

At all levels, our teachers spark a child's curiosity, encourage critical thinking and instill within children a joy for life-long learning. Our programs for infants, toddlers, primary and elementary age children are conducted in a warm, loving, nurturing environment, where Montessori teachers and caregivers invest in your child. Infant rooms feature bright, airy interiors designed to stimulate, with toys and materials that encourage hand-eye coordination and cognitive ability. Toddlers learn about practical life, begin their academic studies and love to play, both indoors and out. Primary and elementary children follow a well-rounded curriculum outlined at each level. All children are taught how to solve problems amongst themselves with a teacher serving as mediator.

Thanks to the forethought of its founder, the Montessori concept is unique in its ability to meet the individual 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.