MMIA educational classes that make a difference!

During a tour of Maria Montessori International Academy (MMIA), you will observe children engaging in work independently or in multiage small or large group settings. This environment encourages peer-to-peer learning, a key component of an authentic Montessori institution. At a young age, children at MMIA engage in real-life activities, including setting the table, gardening, cooking, washing dishes, and putting away their personal belongings and Montessori materials.

Through some guidance, children also choose their activities throughout the day, with the freedom to work for uninterrupted blocks of time. Each MMIA school also offers a bright, engaging setting that is fully equipped with genuine Montessori learning materials, gardens, and furnishings ideally scaled for children. Decades of research on the Montessori Method have revealed that this type of environment gives children the ability to focus as well as develop their concentration and critical thinking skills.

MMIA provides numerous family-friendly options to cater to both working and stay-at-home parents. We offer flexible options of Full-Day, Half-Day, and Extended Care programs to ensure that we are able to accommodate a wide range of family schedules. With MMIA’s enriched Summer Program, children can continue to learn in a Montessori environment year-round. We look forward to welcoming your family into our MMIA family!

Early discovery: Infants, toddlers

At Maria Montessori International Academy, we consider this period the Wonder Years! MMIA is among the few schools that offer a Montessori environment for children in infancy. By observing children from birth, Dr. Maria Montessori recognized these early years represent the beginning of The Absorbent Mind. The first stage of this development is from birth to 3 years of age. The minds of children are being formed by the sights and sounds surrounding them — absorbed into the unconscious mind. It is a critical part of the child’s development.

Infants in MMIA

Montessori for babies? Absolutely! As part of a Montessori program for the youngest members of the MMIA family, we design a calm environment that is attuned to your child’s perceptions of touch, sight, sound, and smell. Soothing music, natural Montessori materials, and touches of nature are introduced to our infants to facilitate quality sensory experiences.

Our teachers show respect for our infants as encouraged by the Montessori philosophy, during feeding time, diaper changing time and other activities. During this stage, children are learning the foundation of language — from coming to responses from adults.

Toddlers in MMIA

During the toddler stage, your child gains more confidence in navigating his or her surroundings. In mixed-age settings, children will naturally observe their older peers, learning real-life tasks and exploring language, mathematical concepts and gross and fine motor skills. Older children will adapt to leadership roles. At MMIA, children learn the language, mathematical concepts, and science through sensorial experiences provided by Montessori materials.

Our Montessori-certified teachers provide guidance in the child’s development as children broaden their experiences throughout the school.

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Our Journey continues: Ages 3-5

By the time children in Maria Montessori International Academy reach the age of three, they’re actively engaged in working with materials that expand their understanding of the world around them. They’re gaining self-dependence in their quest for gaining knowledge through hands-on materials. 

What to expect

New Montessori parents are often surprised at the Independence 3- to 5-year-olds exhibit at MMIA. It’s often remarkable to see a 3-year-old pour water from a pitcher, organize her or his own belongings and focus on her or his tasks, while 4-year-olds read an entire book.  Our MMIA curriculums for 3- to 5-year-olds include Geography, Culture, Geometry, History, Spanish, Chinese and practical life skills.

Activities

Montessori tools and materials for this age group invite children to complete work, as it is called, that encourages further development. For example, the Pink Tower helps children use and enhance their coordination, concentration and problem-solving skills while grasping an understanding of various dimensions. They also may work individually or in multi-age groups.  

Growing in Kindergarten

During the ages of 5 and 6, children experience different levels of what has been called the “Explosion of Growth” by Maria Montessori and other child development researchers. Children in Montessori programs often start writing, understanding and expressing language and engaging in reading at surprisingly advanced levels during the kindergarten years.

What to expect

As they do in earlier stages, children move freely throughout the MMIA environment, choosing activities that interest and challenge them. They also can choose to work individually with a  teacher, individually, or in small or large groups.

Their movements are unrestricted by the teacher unless it endangers themselves, other people, or their surroundings. Outdoor environments are important in Montessori schools and offer opportunities for children to engage with the natural world.

Activities

Children in Kindergarten-level classrooms are advancing to more deeply grasp various subjects, including Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Languages, Geometry, Fine Arts, and Music Appreciation. Montessori learning is integrated, paving the way to a natural understanding of various components of a discipline. As part of a Human Relations curriculum, students learn about the culture, including geography, history, anthropology, astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, economics, geology, government, philosophy, physics, political behavior, sociology, and zoology.

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Schedule Options

Full Day

Maria Montessori International Academy offers a full-day experience from 8:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m. This option is available for Infants and Toddlers (3 months to 3 years); Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary for a 3-day, 4-day or 5-day option. Monthly tuition rates vary based on grade and location. 

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Half Day

Maria Montessori International Academy offers a full-day experience from 8:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m. This option is available for Infants and Toddlers (3 months to 3 years); Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary for a 3-day, 4-day or 5-day option. Monthly tuition rates vary based on grade and location. 

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Extended Care

Families with a need for additional flexibility can choose Extended Care hours, which are from 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. This option is available for Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary. Fees vary, depending on 3-day, 4-day or 5-day options and location.

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Summer Camp

Maria Montessori International Academy offers a year-round program through summer camp, which reinforces the Montessori curriculum. Our engaging programs also include fun lessons in science, music, dance, cooking, and theater. We also enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, such as ice skating and swimming. 

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Montessori Philosophy

At Maria Montessori International Academy, we integrate the Montessori philosophy in all aspects of our curriculum. Our MMIA family truly believes in the principles that Dr. Maria Montessori espoused more than 100 years ago. We see the amazing developments and strides children make through an environment that encourages them to innovate, explore and discover.