<![CDATA[Fountainhead Montessori Pleasant Hill - Blog]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:05:46 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Fountainhead Montessori School Offers Before- and After-Care Program]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:53:13 GMThttp://fountainheadmontessoriph.weebly.com/blog/fountainhead-montessori-school-offers-before-and-after-care-programPicture
The Fountainhead Montessori Schools provide education to young children through a rounded, reality-based teaching approach at five campuses in California, including Dublin, Orinda, and Pleasant Hill. The Pleasant Hill campus offers a before- and after-care program for children who require longer days at school or whose parents work long hours.

The program presents children with a learning environment designed to engage them throughout their stay in areas set aside in the classroom for dramatic and constructive play, art, and reading. Children also participate in various exercises during daily circle time, when instructors guide them in special projects, songs, movement activities, and expressive language games. Snacks are provided during both morning and afternoon sessions in the form of breakfast and individual snack time.

Goals of the program are building relationships with others, fostering individual expression, and reinforcing lessons learned in the classroom. The program offers opportunities for children to utilize information and skills learned during normal school hours and reinforce new vocabulary through repetition and communication activities. Children strengthen their social skills by taking turns and learning to play and cooperate with children in different age groups. After-care classes also include playground and outdoor activities that allow for muscle growth and the development of fine motor skills.

For more information about the before- and after-care program at the Pleasant Hill campus, visit the school’s website at www.fms.org/programs/before-after-care.                             

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<![CDATA[Basic Tenets of Montessori Education and Natural Learning]]>Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:45:13 GMThttp://fountainheadmontessoriph.weebly.com/blog/basic-tenets-of-montessori-education-and-natural-learningFountainhead Montessori Pleasant Hill presents children between 18 months and 6 years with a unique learning environment that promotes a lifelong love of the learning process. Located in Pleasant Hill, California, Fountainhead Montessori joins Danville, Dublin, Livermore, and Orinda campuses as local sources of natural learning classrooms and educators.

Montessori educational methods, sometimes referred to as natural learning, are rooted in the belief that a child’s interests and natural instincts should be followed at all times. Natural learning is highly individualized by definition, encouraging parents and educators to appreciate the fact that no two children are alike and therefore no two learning experiences should be designed in the same way.

This individualized approach to education also means that children are not always prone to learning. Teachers should allow for explorative periods both indoors and outside, as this freedom helps generate more learning-sensitive moods. Finally, when learning does occur, hands-on activities should be valued above didactic lesson plans. This is especially important for younger students, as preschoolers need concrete interactions before they can begin to absorb abstract ideas and concepts.]]>
<![CDATA[Fountainhead Montessori Fosters Toddler Development                             ]]>Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:42:46 GMThttp://fountainheadmontessoriph.weebly.com/blog/fountainhead-montessori-fosters-toddler-developmentFountainhead Montessori is an early childhood institution with facilities in the California cities of Pleasant Hill, Dublin, Danville, Orinda, and Livermore. Fountainhead Montessori offers comprehensive curriculums designed to meet the developmental, emotional, and social needs of children aged 18 months to 6. The school’s Pleasant Hill, Dublin, and Livermore campuses offer classes for toddlers aged 18 months and older. The toddler curriculum offers children a positive introduction to the school environment.

Children in the toddler program receive guidance from experienced teachers in engaging activities that help them develop independence and ease anxieties associated with the temporary separation from parents and guardians. Activities include outings to the toddler playground and the daily circle, which provides language exercises through stories and songs. All activities and lessons focus on introducing the learning environment as a safe, enjoyable place for children.

Development-specific goals of the curriculum address areas of communication, relationships, individual health, creative expression, and intellectual stimulation. These goals include age-appropriate lessons that help children begin to build their vocabulary, explore the elements of cause and effect, and learn to communicate their emotions in a positive manner. In addition, the goals aim to nurture a child’s physical well-being and celebrate each child’s individuality.

For more information regarding the toddler program and the school’s other curriculums, visit the school website at fms.org.                             
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<![CDATA[Montessori Education for Young Children                           ]]>Mon, 12 Jan 2015 03:47:53 GMThttp://fountainheadmontessoriph.weebly.com/blog/montessori-education-for-young-childrenFountainhead Montessori in Pleasant Hill, California, provides a warm educational environment to children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years. In addition to Pleasant Hill, nearby Fountainhead Montessori campuses are located in Livermore, Orinda, Danville, and Dublin.

Considering that the goal of Montessori education is to provide children with an environment that both stimulates and encourages a love for learning, educators must take into account the age group of their class when developing a lesson plan. What is engaging for one age group may not work as well with another. Classrooms for children between the ages of 18 months and 2 years, for example, should serve as a welcoming introduction to education while providing students as well as parents with helpful separation strategies.

As children in this age bracket begin to feel comfortable in the classroom, educators establish a number of age-appropriate goals. Goals include verbal benchmarks such as expanding children’s vocabulary and helping them follow through on single-step directions. Educators should also promote healthy activities outside of academic learning, such as running, crawling, jumping, and climbing. ]]>