Fountain Valley Montessori
Fountain Valley Montessori was established in January 2002 to follow the teachings and principles of Maria Montessori through well prepared environments that meet the needs and challenges of all children.
We strive for academic excellence through practical exercises in the areas of Language, Math, Geography, Science, Sensorial Activities, and Practical Life. We commit to instilling in the child a natural and ongoing curiosity toward the world around them and create a true love of learning that will stay with the child throughout life. We strive to promote social graces and caring for each other and the world around them. To meet the needs of each child’s individual spirit, we allow them the freedom to explore, make mistakes, question, and grow at a pace comfortable to the child. Our mission is to create a physical environment that allows a child to feel a sense of belonging, to feel safe and secure, to develop and strengthen their self-esteem. Finally, to hold firm to the words of Maria Montessori herself, “The education of the very young child does not prepare him for school, but for life.”
“Imagine a place where your child is always greeted warmly and made to feel welcome with a parent-communication experience that keeps you informed and confident that your child has fallen in love with learning.”
A Little About Our Programs
Toddler (2-3 years of age)
The Toddler Program at Fountain Valley Montessori is a specialized curriculum for children ages 24 to 36 months, serving as a preparatory program for transition into a Montessori preschool. Children are exposed to Practical Life activities and the beginnings of the Sensorial materials which are appropriate for the emergent two-year-old. Water work, puzzles, math activities, manipulatives, and language tasks round out the choices available during the daily work time. The concept of grace and courtesy is introduced and implemented during morning snack and lunchtime.
Each month, the children explore a different Color of the Month, Book of the Month, and Song of the Month. The work activities, art projects, and circle time selections all reinforce the monthly curriculum. The ratio in the classroom is one-to-eight; i.e., one teacher per eight children, ensuring that children who have not yet had an academic experience will make a successful transition into a group care environment. Toilet training is also an important component of the Toddler Program and teachers work closely with parents to guarantee a painless progression to independent toileting.
Preschool (3-5 years of age)
Preschool is an exciting time for a Montessori child. The Montessori curriculum is more advanced than most Pre-K programs. Children are introduced to basic geometry, geography, science, and other sophisticated concepts. They also begin to read, while pre-k students in many other programs are just learning to recognize letters and numbers.
We provide intriguing learning materials that encourage engagement and a joy of learning. Students learn through hands-on experience, investigation, and research. They become actively engaged in their studies, rather than passive listeners.
Elementary (5-9 years of age)
Completion of the Montessori preschool and kindergarten program does not mark the end of the Montessori experience. In fact, it is a new beginning in the child’s learning potential. By age six, the child is ready to build upon the concrete learning pathways of preschool and move to the more abstract concepts in the elementary program. These new concepts include thinking about the big ideas of the universe. Students trace the timeline of all living things through geology, physical science and biology demonstrations, and experiments. These lessons provide a framework for our curriculum and carry a common theme that all living things have a cosmic role in life and are all interconnected. As humans, our job is to strive for our potential, carrying out our role, just as the sun does its best job to warm and protect us, or a plant does its job to provide oxygen and food. Stories, activities, and lessons continue to provide an important theme to the students. In time, they discover their potential and cosmic place. Helping children to see their importance on earth is a central theme. Once a child realizes his or her significance, everything else we do in class becomes easy and rewarding.
Hear it from our parents!
“My twins have been attending FVM for the past 8 months. My husband and I have noticed such a significant, positive change in every aspect of their development. They are eager and excited to go to school every day and this can be attributed to the warm, attentive, and nurturing staff members. Most importantly, I feel that my children are in a very safe and clean environment. FVM has made my children’s first experience in school a very positive and rewarding one!”
Veronica & Rocky
“We are so thankful for Fountain Valley Montessori. Each day we are welcomed with a smile, the office staff is friendly, and always ready to help us any way they can. All the teachers are warm, encouraging, and truly value each individual child. The classrooms are colorful, filled with student work and provide a safe and nurturing environment that allows the students to flourish. My daughter has been attending FVMS for the last six months, and she is thriving. She has gained confidence, independence, grown academically, as well as socially. She is excited to go to school each day and loves sharing what she learned.”
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