Preschool in Tampa, FL 33609
2416 W. Cleveland Street
Tampa, FL 33609
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Our mission is to direct each chjild towards meeting his or her own needs within a prepared enviornment that encourages independence respect and self sufficiency.
The Montessori Children’s House of Hyde Park is accredited by AMI the Association Montessori Internationale an organization created to protect Dr. Montessori’s work in it’s true form. The highest standards are required to maintain this yearly accreditation. There are only a handful of AMI schools in Florida.
Our school was established in 1996 and has been led by Ms. Amanda Linton-Evans Head of School.The school is dedicated to providing a quality Montessori education in a small environment for children ages 3 to 12. The school seeks families that are interested in a long term Montessori education for their children.
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In the beginning of the twentieth century Dr. Maria Montessori a young Italian doctor developed a new educational method- an approach based on observing the child’s natural development. She emphasized that education should go beyond the mere acquisition of knowledge and instead be an aid to life. She believed that the child’s physical social emotional spiritual and intellectual development were interrelated. The development of the human mind doesn’t happen through knowledge that is taught but instead constructed by the child from its inner directives.
There are two key components to the Montessori approach. The first is a prepared environment or classroom which includes all the Montessori materials and excercises.
This is an environment where each child’s individual needs are met. It is a place where the child’s needs for self construction are encouraged and where they can reveal their own personality and growth patterns. Dr. Maria Montessori said this of the environment and the child: “He grows because the potential for life within him develops making itself visible”.
The second component is the specifically trained Montessori Directress or Director who prepares and maintains the environment. This person is the link between the child and the prepared environment. At the Montessori Children’s House of Hyde Park all Directresses and Directors are trained through the A.M.I. (Association Montessori Internationale). This is the organization created to protect Dr. Montessori’s work in its true form. The highest industry standards are required to maintain this yearly accreditation.
Another fundamental approach to the Montessori philosophy is the multi-age classroom. All classrooms include children of three age levels. Multiple ages in a classroom enable the child to experience social skills necessary for life. They learn to take direction from their peers and to mentor and become leaders as they get older.
Montessori’s first class was known as the “Casa de Bambini” or the Children’s House for three to six year olds. In the United States we call this a primary class. She observed that children developed in stages and designed the classrooms accordingly. At the Montessori Children’s House children start in our primary class at age three and stay with the same Directress or Director until age six. The junior elementary has children ages six to nine. The senior elementary has children who are ages nine to twelve. At each of these stages of development children learn differently and have very different social and developmental needs. Therefore the approach towards education at each level is adapted to fit the child’s changing needs.
The Montessori approach to education helps the children develop to their fullest extent possible. Their potential for creativity initiative independence inner discipline and self confidence are encouraged. The children learn to be responsible for working and making appropriate choices. Throughout the Montessori years the children not only become well educated but develop a genuine joy for learning that will be a part of them for life.