2300 Crompond Rd Yorktown Heights, NY

For those who believe in good beginnings!


At Our Montessori School we mold the education to fit the child, not the child to fit the program. By this we mean many things. One is that we respect each youngster as an individual possessing a unique combination of interests, needs and abilities. We mean that these elements shape his or her learning process, and that children learn better and more happily when they are allowed to work at their own pace.

"I always tell my mom how wonderful you are and what you have done and then you do something even more wonderful!”

Elena and Gordon T., parents

Program Overview

Philosophy

A child, even an infant, is a constant worker. We, as parents, see quite easily the needs and development of the infants who have their own inner time-table for crawling, walking, climbing or talking. We watch their joy of accomplishment as they grow-practicing and perfecting each small action.

By the time the children have reached eighteen months, they have entered a new stage of growth. It is this time of development that some experts call "first adolescence"; a stage in which children will confront their parents and environment with boundless energy and strive to explore it with the natural curiosity that impels them.

The adult world is not always prepared to accept this new small person who is pushing, poking and tasting it to learn what it is made of. The children are doing their best, but the world always seems to be out of proportion to their needs. Either everything is too big, or maybe they are too small; either everything is too fast, or maybe they are too slow.

A walk for an eighteen month old is not for getting somewhere; it exists for itself and includes stopping, sitting, looking at a rock, going back to see a flower, playing a game of peek-a-boo behind a tree. A walk to the store is a different experience for a child from what it is for Mom and Dad. It is a confusing world in which children need help to gain confidence and self-esteem.

Recent research shows that very young children benefit from having playmates at much earlier ages than we once suspected. Psychologists have found that a great deal of communication and social interaction goes on between young children who were previously thought to play mostly near, but not with each other. The reason this had been missed earlier is that the children communicate very rapidly and outside the adult vocabulary.

Our Programs

Our Montessori School provides a unique program called Stepping Stones. Stepping Stones is a "child-sized" world where the child has the chance to feel the right size. It is an unhurried, uncluttered world...where children can explore their own natural curiosities with everything being OK to touch, discover, explore. It is a special place that sets it apart from all other preschool programs...by giving the children a rest from the inevitable "no's" that accompany much of their life in this big world...by providing learning materials that are different, learning materials that are fun, teachers that are loving, caring, gentle, and specially trained beyond what is needed for the typical preschool program. Stepping Stone teachers truly pay attention to each child's individual needs because of the excellent child-teacher ratio.

In Stepping Stones there is time for promoting the naturally hardworking, curious little people by allowing them to do real things for themselves...they can button their own sweaters, even if it does take them 15 minutes! In this world they have someone else just as small, someone else just as curious with whom they can learn to work and play…no towering adults, but adults that assist at their level.

Each activity, whether structured or unstructured, allows the child's own abilities to grow and develop naturally. Each little success helps them to gain trust in themselves and in others. The importance of this may be recognized by the fact that more than 25% of a child's mental growth is completed by the age of three.

Independence combined with assistance helps each child accomplish the task of becoming a person...a person who has been allowed the time, the freedom, the love and assistance and the foundation for socializing and learning. What sets Our Montessori School Stepping Stones apart from all other preschool programs is what you will see in your child.

Location, Hours & Transportation

The Stepping Stones program is designed for children ages eighteen months to three years. The times are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Some of our children attend both morning and afternoon sessions and for these children we provide lunch.

For the convenience of working parents we offer a before-and-after school extended day service on an as-needed basis at the school for a nominal hourly fee. This is available from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Two-three-four and five -day programs are available, although we find children adjust best with a five-day program. (It is after all, only three hours out of twenty-four for the children to be and grow in their own "small world".) Besides, mothers and children both benefit from a tiny vacation from each other.

The Stepping Stones program is located in the Church of the Nazarene at White Hill Road in Yorktown Heights, and 4 Glenna Drive in Carmel.

We are a non-denominational, non-sectarian school. Children are accepted without regard to race, creed, or national origin.

A happy place to learn!

Quality Care & Education

Our philosophy is based on the work of the Italian educator, Dr. Maria Montessori. Where everyone had always asked, "How should we teach?", Montessori asked, "How do children Learn?" Her keen ability to observe the learning process resulted in a method of education which is designed to help the child accomplish the task of becoming a person.

Montessori recognized early that different children mature at different rates and are ready for different learning experiences at different times in their lives. To teach children at a level for which they are not yet ready confuses them and creates a sense of failure and incompetence which may haunt them all their lives. To teach them beneath their ability wastes their time and bores them.

Many of the learning materials in Our Montessori School are "self-correcting." This means that if a child makes a mistake, it is not the teacher who points out the error. Rather, the material allows the child to find and correct the error. In this way, repeated trials are encouraged without a sense of shame or failure.

In a very real sense, our children become responsible for their own learning and their own behavior. They learn to respect themselves and others, and they develop the inner discipline without which true freedom is not possible.

STEPPING STONES: Our Montessori School in Yorktown and Carmel

The Stepping Stones Program at Our Montessori School in Yorktown and Carmel.(Ages 18 months to 6th Grade)

Posted by Our Montessori School on Monday, March 23, 2015
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