Early adolescents have different needs based on their brain development, which Montessori education recognizes and incorporates into its curriculum.

Turtle River Montessori embodies the philosophy of these unique cycles of learning, and our facilities are designed to take advantage of the child’s sensitive and critical developmental stages. Classrooms are structured with custom-designed materials that are geared towards the size, pace and interests of the child to stimulate the natural desire to learn.

Our classrooms are designed to accommodate a three-year age span, with the Primary beginning at three to six years, the Elementary from six to nine years, the Upper Elementary from nine to 12, and the Middle School from 12 to 15. Each classroom is lead by a fully trained Montessori teacher. There are full-time assistants in classrooms to keep the adult to child ratios between eight or nine students to one adult.

Turtle River Montessori’s Programs

Skills such as literacy, problem solving, innovation and creativity have become critical in today’s increasingly interconnected workforce and society. Montessori teachers share the same common goals for our students, including:

Young children want and need to experience the world on their own. As early as 18 months, they begin their quest for independence—a drive that will not abate until adulthood. At Turtle River Montessori, we give children the necessary tools, guidance and opportunities to develop independence and self-reliance.

Global Awareness

As part of a 21st century learning environment, students need a deeper understanding of the thinking, motivations and actions of people from different cultures and countries in order to appreciate the rich diversity experienced here in the US as well as across the world. Through the study of countries, ethnic celebrations, arts and crafts and cultural differences, we at Turtle River Montessori provide fun and educational opportunities for learning. The highlight of the Awareness Program is our Cultural Peace Festival held annually, in which the classes choose a country to study for a month, collecting and creating artifacts and crafts to display in the room, studying the culture and preparing for a presentation of songs, facts and skits about the country. Students receive a passport and travel to visit the other classrooms’ countries, tasting food, watching live panoramas and looking at the class’s collection. Additional celebrations include Diwali the Indian Festival of Lights, St. Patrick’s Day, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Korean New Year, and more. These studies also offer parents an opportunity to share their own cultural heritage in the classroom.

Self Direction

We want children to experience the joy of learning (not to please adults) as it is only in this way that we help create adults who continue to learn and grow throughout their whole lives. Children are naturally curious; they are fascinated by the wonders of the world and they learn effortlessly from it, simply by existing in the environment. At Turtle River Montessori, our mission is to spark that curiosity within each individual child, which creates excited, joyful learners. Instead of giving the child the right answers, we ask the right questions, leading them to discover the answers for themselves. A child’s ultimate discovery is their true potential as a human being.

Feeling of Community

At Turtle River Montessori, in addition to mastering academic skills, the children are involved in a Peace Curriculum which helps them with learning social skills and conflict resolution. We focus on interpersonal relationships and assist and teach them to solve problems and conflicts, so that eventually they can do so without the help of adults. It is our firm belief that if a child’s self-esteem is greatly nurtured, they will accomplish more and will have better life skills later in life. Our goal is to develop children who can express themselves politely and confidently, in a manner that benefits the entire classroom community and eventually be contribution global citizens.

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