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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 Baker Street Pub and Grill. You should see our sign "Montessori at the Marina" right off the patio of Baker Street Grill.

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Bright Horizons Montessori at the Marina

(303) 290-8843

Our Curriculum

Based on the groundbreaking work of Dr. Maria Montessori, our classrooms are thoughtfully designed environments that encourage self-directed exploration and individualized learning experiences.

  • Our Primary Program

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    Our Montessori Primary Progam

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

    The three-year cycle in the Primary classroom allows children 3-6 years of age opportunities to learn from each other, to act as role models for learning, and to respond to their natural drive to work. This stimulating, cooperative atmosphere allows the children to develop at their individual rate over the three-year period, and to take each subject of study to a deeper level of understanding with each year. Read More
  • Our School-Age Program

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    School-Age Summer Camp

    "The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." -Dr. Maria Montessori

    We offer a dynamic summer camp program for children ages 6-12. Our camp provides children with fun opportunities to explore, create, and enjoy the wonders of the season. Each weekly session provides a unique thematic program so children can experience a variety of topics in depth. Learning at Bright Horizons is a journey of discovery, investigation, experimentation, and collaboration. Read More

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are our families.

"Mr. Charlie has been WONDERFUL for our son! He's firm but playful and makes everything so much fun for all the kids. It's great to have such a positive, loving male role model for the kids--especially the boys. Our son loves school largely because he adores Mr. Charlie. We are so grateful for all he's done to make school awesome!"

The Montessori Approach

"The environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission." -Dr. Maria Montessori

At Bright Horizons Montessori Schools, we provide your child with an education that lasts a lifetime by following Dr. Maria Montessori's groundbreaking methods and incorporating the most current thinking from today’s strongest Montessori practitioners in the field.

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Learning at Home

Exploding Milk Colors

You Will Need:

1 pie plate, whole milk (about a cup), 3-4 different colors of food coloring, 1 bottle of liquid soap

Directions:

Fill the pie plate with milk and allow it to come to room temperature. With your child, add a few drops of food coloring to milk. Help your child put a single drop of liquid soap in the middle of the plate and watch your milk colors explode!

Tip:

Throughout the activity, ask things like: “How much milk should we use?”; “What colors do you want to add?”; “How many drops of blue are you going to use?”; “What do you think will happen?” 

Why this works: milk contains fats and proteins. Any change in the solution (such as adding soap) affects these fats and proteins, making them twist, bend, and change into all kinds of shapes. The soap weakens the surface tension, which is the watery skin that holds the liquid’s molecules together. When the molecules move, they mix the colors. Ask your child, “What happened to the colors?”; “Do you see new colors now?”; “Why do you think the colors move?”


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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, 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 thoughtfully-planned classroom environment encourages growth in oral language, written expression, reading, and grammar elements. The approach to reading instruction is phonics-based and highly sequential introduced within context that are whole and meaningful.
  • 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 the young 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 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.

Parent Involvement

“Imitation is the first instinct of the awakening mind.”
-Dr. Maria Montessori

We partner with families to provide children the most enriching personal growth experience balanced with a superior education. We welcome and encourage families to participate in the many opportunities we offer to join our school community. At Bright Horizons, we live the notion that “it takes a village to raise a child”, and our inclusive attitude toward our families reflects our belief that together we create outstanding individuals and exemplary world citizens.

A few ways to be involved include:

Parent Ambassador Group

Get involved in our Enrichment Activities

“The activity of the child has always been looked upon as an expression of his vitality.” -Dr. Maria Montessori.

Year round, our school provides a high quality Montessori approach educational program for preschool age children including Spanish instruction. During the summer we offer an enrichment program, Summer Explorations at our DTC location. The summer program offers special educational events as well as field trips and education outreach programs from around the Denver area. Swim lessons are also available during the summer program through Greenwood Athletic Club. 

WEEKLY ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Enrichment programs are led by professionals specifically trained for that field and offered at our school for an additional fee.