Developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female graduate of the University of Rome Medical School, our philosophy of education focuses attention on the whole child. Our goal is to help children reach their full potential in all areas of life by allowing them the freedom to pursue their interests under the guidance of a specially trained Montessori teacher.
The Montessori approach begins with a specifically designed environment that gives access to a variety of materials and objects to help children learn through exploration. This self-directed learning allows children to develop their unique talents and abilities through their own learning style, while building confidence and a sense of independence.
Key to our philosophy is the interaction among children of different ages in the same classroom, which promotes healthy socialization and mentoring. In addition to independent projects, students also engage in small and large group activities that broaden their horizons and teach both creative and practical skills. In all of our educational centers—daycare, preschool, kindergarten, elementary school—the teacher plays a critical role as guide, mentor, and facilitator, monitoring progress and encouraging children to add new experiences and projects as appropriate.
“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.”
Dr. Maria Montessori, Founder
THE HISTORY OF MONTESSORI
The very first “Montessori Educational Center” Omaha preschool opened in 1968 under the guidance of Dr. LaVonne Kopecky Plambeck. When she retired last year, the schools were purchased by Julie and Dr. Beau Roy, who, as owners of six Montessori schools in Canada and with more than 22 years of experience, bring a visionary history and approach to raise Omaha’s Montessori schools to the next level of excellence. “We’re so excited to work with our families, and grow our schools, to achieve the highest level of Montessori preschool education in Omaha,” says Roy. “I see great things for our children and families in Montessori now and in the future. We have four children of our own and our passion and love for Montessori and Early childhood education is why we started these schools. We wanted a superb learning experience for our children. We wanted to take them somewhere where we felt so great about leaving them; knowing they were being immersed in a wonderment of education and positive early learning experiences. We truly want that same incredible experience for your child.”
Independent, exploration learning is a hallmark of the Montessori approach to education, making it an ideal choice for parents who want their children to reach their full potential. Children in Montessori classrooms initiate their own learning based upon their interests, and their exploration is supported by teachers who provide optimal learning environments.