Montessori Peace School

Montessori Peace School Providing exceptional holistic Montessori education to children ages 18 months to 6 years of age.
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Montessori Peace School provides a warm and nurturing educational environment designed to meet the needs of children 18 months to six years old. Experienced, dedicated, and highly qualified Montessori trained teachers carefully prepare the environment to meet each child’s need for purposeful activity and enrichment. The primary classroom (ages 2.5 to 6 years) at MPS guides children in the areas of Practical Life, Language, Writing, Sensorial and Mathematics. In addition, children explore History, Geography, Social studies, Science, and Art. Montessori Peace School also offers daily yoga classes, peace education, organic gardening and weekly music classes as part of the Montessori school curriculum. The pre-primary classroom (18 month to 3 years) first acquaints children to the Montessori approach through language development activities, early sensorial work, and practical life. We also provide guidance with toilet learning, grace and courtesy, and social development. The pre-primary children participate in music, gardening, art, and many more enriching experiences. Come and visit and see our beautiful community!

Mission: To promote a culturally diverse, purposeful, and peaceful educational environment of excellence that nurtures the development of children through compassion, respect and imagination. To recognize the uniqueness of each child who will grow to be an independent, responsible and wholesome member of society. To inspire children to explore and learn through hands on experiences with caring, long standing, dedicated staff. To reach excellence in global learning and for children to realize their full potential to live in a harmonious world.

Share with anyone who wants to know more about Montessori ☺️
10/09/2017
I've Got 5 Minutes. Explain Montessori to Me.

Share with anyone who wants to know more about Montessori ☺️

As Montessori teachers and parents, we follow the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). She was a medical doctor, a teacher, a philosopher, and an anthropologist. Her progressive view of children...

09/21/2017
Light a Candle for Peace

Happy International Peace Day!

In Montessori classrooms all around the world, including ours, children sing this song throughout the day around 10 am their time to sing peace around the world.

"Peace is a practical principle of human civilisation and social organisation that is based on the very nature of man. Peace does not enslave him; rather, it exalts him.... And because it is based on man’s nature, it a constant, a universal principle that applies to all human beings. This principle must be our guide in building a science of peace and educating men for peace.” (Dr. Montessori, Education and Peace)

On Monday, September 21 2016 Montessori children from around the world will sing Light a Candle for Peace to celebrate the United Nations 2016 Day of Peace. ...

Introducing...MONTESSORI MATERIALS SPOTLIGHT where we share the kind of work your children do in the classroom and why.⭐...
09/19/2017

Introducing...MONTESSORI MATERIALS SPOTLIGHT where we share the kind of work your children do in the classroom and why.

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PRACTICAL LIFE BASICS

Spooning transfer, basting transfer, and toothpick transfer are just a few of the ways children in a Montessori classroom practice basic motor skills. Spooning and basting (as well as using tongs and eye droppers) allow children to practice real life skills that they might use while eating or cooking. The children repeat the action, transferring material from one place to another, practicing and refining the skill. The development of practical skills allows the child to participate and be independent in the activities of the home and school.

But, something is happening here that goes far deeper than just skill building. Beyond practical skill development, the materials prepare the children for when they are ready to explore academic development. They help the child build fine and gross motor control of the hands and body, strengthen muscles, and fine tune coordination. Developing this control allows children to manipulate more complex materials later, such as tiny beads for mathematics work. Activities like the tong transfer coordinate the pincer grip, as each child picks up the toothpicks using this grasp, and prepare the child to hold and control a pencil for writing.

If you study the materials even more closely, you will discover that they are ordered from left to right, creating a visual requirement for the children to direct their concentration from left to right as they would do in reading and writing. This directionality is not natural to the child, but becomes natural through the arrangement of the activities.

So the next time you ask your child what he or she did today and the answer is "spooning," know just what big important work that is!

Any questions? Just leave them in the comments!

Reminder that Tomorrow is Back to School Night, Thursday at 7 pm!  We will be discussing information about the classroom...
09/13/2017

Reminder that Tomorrow is Back to School Night, Thursday at 7 pm! We will be discussing information about the classroom and school and answer and questions you might have. We hope to see both returning and new families....so see you there!

Welcome back to school everyone!  We started the year with a great first week last week and are so excited to have all o...
09/11/2017
5 Helpful Back to School Tips: Montessori Style

Welcome back to school everyone! We started the year with a great first week last week and are so excited to have all of our returning and new families! We'll be sharing some great info via Facebook this year, so stay tuned! Here is an excellent article on how to help your child adjust back to school the Montessori way...

Here are 5 Back To School tips borrowed from the Montessori Method to help your children feel more confident and prepared when returning to school this fall

"Downtime provides the mental space that allows the brain to dive into itself and uncover what it knows."
08/09/2017
Why Parents Should Let Their Kids Goof Off

"Downtime provides the mental space that allows the brain to dive into itself and uncover what it knows."

Letting children rest and play gives their brains opportunity to reboot.

06/14/2017

Congratulations to the graduating kindergarteners of MPS!!! Thank you for all the joy and love you and your families have given our community. We are forever changed and will miss you dearly! Come back and visit and know you are always loved here. And to the rest of you....see you in September!!! Have a wonderful summer!

For the love of math ❤️
06/03/2017
Everyone Should Learn Math the Montessori Way - MariaMontessori.com

For the love of math ❤️

As a student, I started doing math on paper with a pencil; in Montessori the abstract process of math is the final step of a long series of exercises. To me, and most traditional school students, numbers on the page are just that - symbols we are taught how to manipulate. To Montessori students, tho...

"Multiage education, say its proponents, puts learners at the center, socially and academically. On the social side, you...
05/24/2017
Can Multiage Classrooms Improve Learning Outcomes?

"Multiage education, say its proponents, puts learners at the center, socially and academically. On the social side, younger children look for guidance to older students who know the ropes, while the older students in the classroom organically learn about mentoring, leadership, and collaboration."

Advocates say dividing students by birthdate is arbitrary.

"When we always yield to our children’s wants, we rob them of the opportunity to find solutions by adapting what they al...
05/18/2017
To Raise Better Kids, Say No

"When we always yield to our children’s wants, we rob them of the opportunity to find solutions by adapting what they already have. Kids who learn from denial realize at an early age that they won’t always have the perfect tool for every job. They might not know something, have something, or be something. But that’s not the end of pursuing goals — it’s the beginning of activating their resourcefulness to find another way."

Research shows that allowing children to chase after the newest thing fosters a sense of deficiency that can never be fully satisfied.

"Every parent asks the same questions: Am I missing something? Am I doing everything right? Will my child succeed in lif...
05/18/2017
According To Harvard Psychologists: Parents Who Raise "Good" Kids Do These 5 Things

"Every parent asks the same questions: Am I missing something? Am I doing everything right? Will my child succeed in life?

Psychologists at Harvard Universty have thought of the same questions and have found that there are several elements that are still very important and basic for every kid’s childhood. The key to upbringing a well-adjusted child in these changing times is not as complicated as you may think."

Psychologists at Harvard University have found that there are several elements that are very important and basic. It is not as complicated as you may think.

Happy Mother's Day to all of you.  Thank you for letting us celebrate with you, and sharing your wonderful children with...
05/13/2017

Happy Mother's Day to all of you. Thank you for letting us celebrate with you, and sharing your wonderful children with us!

Thank you to our incredible community of families for a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week.  You made us feel so loved!...
05/13/2017

Thank you to our incredible community of families for a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week. You made us feel so loved!!!!

13 Children's Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others
04/12/2017
13 Children's Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others

13 Children's Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others

Kindness is one of the most important character traits, but sometimes kids need an extra reminder about the best ways to be kind to others or why kindness matters. These books provide that reminder in

Recently, there has been an increasing amount of press on the need for movement in the classroom.  Ahead of her time, Dr...
04/10/2017
Movement in Montessori - Primary

Recently, there has been an increasing amount of press on the need for movement in the classroom. Ahead of her time, Dr. Montessori found that movement was essential to learning; children could not learn without movement because they learn through movement. And so, movement is an integral part of the Montessori method. The article below discusses ways in which the Montessori classroom meets your child's needs for movement, and uses movement to facilitate learning.

A recent article from the New York Times concludes, “We are not thinking about the child as an entire person, how physical activity helps them … Continue reading "Movement in Montessori"

02/15/2017
Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

Montessori Education continues to be supported by findings in child development. The method was designed around making certain that movement was a central part of the process. The more children move, the more they process, the more they are able to learn, and the healthier they are, both inside the school and out.

By 1949, Dr. Montessori wrote:
"If mental development is spoken of, people say : "Movement? There is no need for movement ; we are talking about mental growth ! " When they think of mental improvement they imagine all are sitting down, moving nothing. But mental development must be connected with movement and is dependent on it. This is the
new idea that must enter educational theory and practice.

Our new conception stresses the importance of movement as a help to the development of the brain, once it is placed in relation to the centre. Mental development and even spiritual development can and must be helped by movement. Without movement there is no progress and no health (mentally speaking). This is a fundamental fact which must be taken into consideration."

A pediatric occupational therapist says schools keep kids in their chairs far too long.

How to raise an emotionally intelligent child
10/20/2016
How to raise an emotionally intelligent child

How to raise an emotionally intelligent child

"Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity - a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother."  -- Rose Kennedy Most pa...

Above all, Dr. Montessori's work led her to the belief that the answer to peace lies within each and every child.  Here ...
09/21/2016

Above all, Dr. Montessori's work led her to the belief that the answer to peace lies within each and every child. Here at MPS, we work towards that dream every day, and thank you all for making your children and families part of our peace-driven community. May all of your beautiful and bright love lights shine upon the world today (and every day!). Happy International Peace Day.

International Peace Day

The work of Montessori Peace Education is not reserved to one day. Instead, we labour against the norm.
Against a culture that often promotes hatred, fear and anger.
Against a world that highlights our differences as unacceptable.
Instead we share the kindness.
The Grace.
The Courtesy.
And we do it with the most important, influential member of our society.
The Child.

As the children adjust to the first few weeks of school, parents may encounter some very strong emotions at the end of t...
09/14/2016
7 Ways to Help Your Child Handle Their "After School Restraint Collapse"

As the children adjust to the first few weeks of school, parents may encounter some very strong emotions at the end of the day. The transition to the school day can be a big adjustment as the children learn to navigate social norms, follow their internal drive, and process all the new things they discover. Here are some great ways to help provide your child a little space and understanding and support them through their very normal and expected emotions and experience. You are their safe zone, so remember that these big emotions often represent that they feel safe enough to fall apart and trust you to be their support.

Kids often fall apart after school. Here's why and what to do.

As the children embark on their Montessori journey, here are some lovely tips from another Montessori parent on how to e...
09/08/2016
Notes to a Montessori Parent.

As the children embark on their Montessori journey, here are some lovely tips from another Montessori parent on how to encourage creativity and support independence at home!

This post was originally titled 'Notes to Self' but I'm thinking we could all do with some reminders. Here are some notes for all Montessori parents. Don't clutter up the children's spaces. Leave lots of open space and table space for the children to use. Keep desks free from distractions,...

As the school year approaches, here's some great advice on how to connect with children and ease them through those morn...
09/03/2016
Re-frame your idea of a morning routine to help your child cooperate as he faces the day.

As the school year approaches, here's some great advice on how to connect with children and ease them through those morning transitions, especially during these first weeks.

What does a four year old need in the morning? Well, everyone is different, but most of us need some time to make the transition from sleep into busy activity; kids balk at feeling pushed.

It's August and the school year slowly approaches!  We'll be sharing tips and ideas to help transition your little ones ...
08/05/2016
5 Helpful Back to School Tips: Montessori Style

It's August and the school year slowly approaches! We'll be sharing tips and ideas to help transition your little ones back to the school year. There's still one month left, so here are some Montessori ways to enjoy these remaining summer days.

Here are 5 Back To School tips borrowed from the Montessori Method to help your children feel more confident and prepared when returning to school this fall

Timeline Photos
07/10/2016

Timeline Photos

Congratulations to all our incredible graduates!!  We are so blessed to have guided you through these wonderful years of...
06/10/2016

Congratulations to all our incredible graduates!! We are so blessed to have guided you through these wonderful years of development at MPS. We love each one of you dearly and will miss all of the joy you have brought to the classroom each day. You inspire us all and know that you will stay in our hearts always. Go well in to the world with all that you have learned! And to all our friends...have a wonderful summer!!!!!!

Teacher Appreciation Week has ended, but we just wanted to share all the homemade cards we received from our incredible ...
05/15/2016

Teacher Appreciation Week has ended, but we just wanted to share all the homemade cards we received from our incredible students and loving community. Thanks again for making us feel so loved!

We celebrated all of our inspiring and dedicated mothers today during our Mother's Day Tea.  The children prepared a bea...
05/07/2016

We celebrated all of our inspiring and dedicated mothers today during our Mother's Day Tea. The children prepared a beautiful play based on the book The Mother' Day Mice by Eve Bunting. We so love and appreciate the amazing women in our community and thank you for sharing your incredible children with us. Happy Mother's Day!!!

A huge thank you to all our incredible parents who made such an amazing breakfast buffet for our teachers.  There is so ...
05/06/2016

A huge thank you to all our incredible parents who made such an amazing breakfast buffet for our teachers. There is so much love and gratitude in this community! Oh, how our love lights grow bigger each day! ❤️

Whooooooo has the best teachers?  We do!  Stickers worn by the kids this morning to share their gratitude for such a won...
05/05/2016

Whooooooo has the best teachers? We do! Stickers worn by the kids this morning to share their gratitude for such a wonderful school 😊

To our incredible teachers: "you may not see the fruits of today's work, but you have seeded a lifetime of knowledge!"  ...
05/04/2016

To our incredible teachers: "you may not see the fruits of today's work, but you have seeded a lifetime of knowledge!"

Teacher Appreciation Week day 2! A beautiful basket of fruit compiled by our wonderful children and families. Who says you can only give a teacher an apple?!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all our amazing teachers.  To kick off the week, our amazing community of parents had...
05/03/2016

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all our amazing teachers. To kick off the week, our amazing community of parents had the children bring flowers and arranged these beautiful bouquets for the school to enjoy! Thank you!

Association Montessori International of the United States (AMI/USA)
04/23/2016

Association Montessori International of the United States (AMI/USA)

There is no description, no image in any book that is capable of replacing the sight of real trees, and all the life to be found around them, in a real forest. Something emanates from those trees which speaks to the soul, something no book, no museum is capable of giving. -- Maria Montessori ("From Childhood to Adolescence")

03/02/2016
Montessorium

How does what your child learn in the class room relate to the world around them? Check out this video for wonderful insights!

Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom, it happens everywhere. From #montessori guide Ms. Wood.

Come visit us at our open house this February 27 from 10 am to 12 pm. We will be there to share our wonderful school and...
02/23/2016

Come visit us at our open house this February 27 from 10 am to 12 pm. We will be there to share our wonderful school and community with you, as well as discuss Montessori education and answer any questions you might have. Hope to see you there!

Love the Montessori approach but wonder how you can apply it at home?  This  infographic shares wonderful concrete ideas...
02/11/2016

Love the Montessori approach but wonder how you can apply it at home? This infographic shares wonderful concrete ideas on how to do just that!

02/10/2016

Come visit us at our open house this February 27 from 10 am to 12 pm. We will be there to share our wonderful school and community with you, as well as discuss Montessori education and answer any questions you might have. Hope to see you there!

Montessori Peace School's cover photo
02/10/2016

Montessori Peace School's cover photo

Montessori Peace School
02/10/2016

Montessori Peace School

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730 Jackson St
Herndon, VA
20170

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 15:15
Tuesday 08:30 - 15:15
Wednesday 08:30 - 15:15
Thursday 08:30 - 15:15
Friday 08:30 - 15:15

Telephone

(703) 689-0208

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