We at Pebblecreek believe that the world is best served by confident, creative, and independent learners who understand the interdependence of all living species and internalize respect for self, others, and the environment.
We, at Pebblecreek Montessori, are a community of dedicated families working together to provide the best possible learning environment for our students. Through purposeful work, independence, and movement, our students learn skills for life.
Pebblecreek Montessori's core philosophy centers on the idea that intelligence is innate. We focus on inspiring and nurturing a child's natural curiosity into passionate intellectual pursuit. In addition, we believe in respecting each individual’s unique development timeframe. Our approach encourages students to discover their personal excellence and accelerate creative thinking while forming an incredibly positive educational experience. It's no wonder why visitors are always amazed by the unique atmosphere in our classrooms; one of harmony among peers and guides (teachers).
Authentic Montessori classrooms at Pebblecreek include multi-age groupings and uninterrupted work periods, which are conducted using specially designed Montessori learning materials. Classes are held Monday through Friday, five days a week. To solidify their purpose and achieve mastery, students are given the opportunity to practice their skills in everyday life.
Through the Association Montessori Internationale, the organization founded by Maria Montessori in 1929, Pebblecreek Montessori is recognized (Provisional) for ages 0-6+ and affiliated (Provisional) for ages 6-12.
Standards From AMIUSA.org:
In maintaining the level of excellence Maria Montessori envisioned, AMI pedagogical standards remain the same. By implementing the AMI Scientific Pedagogy Group's standards, schools are ensuring that their children receive programs that promote their intellectual, social, and psychological growth, as well as conform to what is taught in AMI training courses around the world.
The Teacher Each class will have one AMI teacher trained at the appropriate age level.
We must encourage the child's desire for activity as much as possible; we must not wait on him, but we must teach him how to be independent.” As a teacher, it is important to guide a child without making him feel too much of her presence, so that she is always available to supply the needed help, but never interferes with the child's ability to learn. ”
~ Dr. Maria Montessori
Primary and elementary classes may have one non-teaching assistant. A classroom assistant should assist the teacher by making materials, noting observations, supervising outdoor activities, and assisting with "going-outs." For assistants to infant classes, the adult to child ratio should be one to five.
Montessori classroom must be equipped with a complete set of Montessori materials to ensure a prepared environment in compliance with AMI standards. These materials should be purchased from an AMI-authorized manufacturer. In order to present the lessons in their albums in the manner intended by their training, a Montessori teacher must have a "complete" set of Montessori materials.
“There should only be one set of each type of material when preparing an environment. If there is only one specimen of each object, and if it is in use when another child wants it, the latter will wait for it to be released. Throughout the years, this practice becomes a habitual part of life that always becomes more mature as time goes on. As a result, respecting others and waiting one's turn become an integral part of everyday life.”
~ Dr. Maria Montessori
It may be necessary to remove materials that are outside the scope of the AMI lead teacher's training.