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Our school is located 2 blocks east of I-25 on Belleview Ave. When you take the Belleview exit, head east. When you come to the 2nd stoplight, turn left onto S. Ulster St. Immediately you will see Marina Plaza on your right hand side (white plaza building). Take the second entrance into the parking lot and you will see Winston's Pub and Grill. You should see our sign "Montessori at the Marina" right off the patio of Winston's.

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Bright Horizons Montessori at the Marina

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Our Primary Program

"The essential thing is to arouse such an interest that it engages the child’s whole personality."

As the cornerstone of Montessori education, the cycle of the Primary experience supports the 3- to 6-year-old child’s natural inclination to seek out a wide array of life skills and cognitive abilities. This hands-on learning approach includes relevant curriculum areas for this stage – motor skills, socialization, self-esteem, independence, a sense or order, concentration, and cooperation – as well as an atmosphere that allows children to develop at their own pace.

Each Primary classroom provides a warm and secure community designed to meet each child’s needs at every developmental step. Guided by Montessori-certified primary teachers, children build and master important skills at critical sensitive periods – the moment they are most sensitive to acquiring a new skill or concept. Our method creates the optimal environment to foster these budding developments, building independence, establishing a sense of empowerment, and creating the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are our families.

"As educators, we looked for a Montessori school that would challenge our children while instilling the love of learning. My preschool-aged girls can read and look forward to every single day of school. Bright Horizons Montessori has given my children the head start we were looking for."

Our Curriculum Components

“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”
-Dr. Maria Montessori

  • Practical Life Purposeful activities enhance concentration and focus through caring for the self and the environment, fine motor coordination, and practicing grace and courtesy. These appeal to the child’s need for movement and order, independence, and social relationships.
  • Sensorial Montessori materials and hands-on activities stimulate sensory discovery and description, while maximizing the child’s natural desire to explore, classify, and order their surroundings. Children learn concepts of mass, width, length, temperature, and other physical properties.
  • Math Using carefully prepared tools and manipulative materials, children are led through a logical mathematical thought process— from concrete to abstract – to understand concepts like linear counting, the decimal system, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Language Our implementation of the “Balanced Literacy Approach” encourages growth in oral language, written expression, reading, and grammar elements. This approach to reading instruction is phonics-based and highly sequential while taught within contexts that are whole and meaningful. Additional accommodations are made to adapt to different types of learners.
  • Culture Multicultural studies lay a foundation of mutual understanding by exposing children to geography, history, physical, and life science basics. Children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, foods, languages, and wildlife.
  • Peace Peace education consists of opportunities and experiences for children to develop an ability to understand and access peace within themselves, interact peacefully with others, and eventually engage in activities that create a peaceful planet.
  • Art The art area in a Montessori classroom provides developmentally appropriate and open-ended experiences that foster creativity and sensory development.
  • Foreign Language Capitalizing on each child's propensity for language acquisition, foreign language is integrated into the prepared environment through individual and small group instruction utilizing hands-on materials and experiential, conversational interaction.
  • Music Music is incorporated in the classrooms in a variety of different ways. From transition times to lessons, music and song is infused throughout the day. Montessori bells and other instruments are available for experimentation and formal instruction.
  • Garden Lessons in the outdoor environment help children develop an understanding of and appreciation for the complexity and interdependence of our living world. The children develop the skills of exploration, observation, experimentation, and conservation.

Learning at Home

Houseplants

You Will Need:

A hardy houseplant (ivy, aloe vera, etc.), a small watering can

Directions:

Help your child choose plants to care for and purchase them at a garden center. When you are watering your houseplants, encourage your child can care for her plants, too. 

Talk about how much water the plants need. Have your child measure that amount of water into the watering can. Let your child decide where the plants will get the best amount of sun and fertilize the plant. Say things like, “What do you think the plant food will do to the plant?”; “What does food do to you?”; “What would happen to your plant if you didn’t feed or water it?”; “Do you think your plant looks any greener?” 

Don’t forget to have your child dust the leaves when needed and say things like “Can your plant get air with dust on it?” and “What happens to you if you can’t breathe?”

Tip:

Make sure to use nonpoisonous plants. Some common plants - poinsettias and philodendrons - are mildly poisonous. Other plants - shamrock and dieffenbachia - are highly poisonous.


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