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Parental Involvement - Mukilteo, WA

Q: Do you allow parent involvement?
A: We always want you to feel welcome at HPMS. We believe parental involvement is an integral part of a successful school. We are partners with you in educating your children. Keeping the lines of communication open at all times is a priority at HPMS. We provide a parent handbook, monthly newsletters, and parent conferences. If you ever have any questions we are always available. The office staff will be happy to talk with you during school hours and the teachers are available after 3:00 pm.

Daily Class Routine - Mukilteo, WA
Q: What is the daily routine?
A: Visitors to our Mukilteo, WA, Montessori classrooms are often surprised to see how calm and peaceful our classrooms are. The children move freely around the classroom, choosing activities that are developmentally appropriate for their abilities. The children work independently choosing work, completing it, and returning it to a place on the shelf. This cycle of activity helps instill an inner discipline that follows the child throughout life. The children are grouped together from 3 – 6 years of age. This community setting allows the children to develop as their needs dictate. They establish love and compassion for each other, developing cooperative skills in a nurturing, positive environment.
MACTE-Certified Staff - Mukilteo, WA

Q: Is your staff well-trained?
A: Our teachers are MACTE-certified. This is a nationally recognized credential. Our assistants and specialists are educated with various college degrees and Early Childhood Education. We are all here to be of service to you and your children.

Montessori Method - Mulkiteo, WA

Q: Who was Maria Montessori?
A: She was an Italian physician and educator, and she was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy. Born in 1870, she developed a psychologically rooted method of educating children. She devoted her life to this work and was honored and respected throughout the world at the time of her death in 1952.

Young Child Development - Mukilteo, WA

Q: What are “sensitive periods?”
Sensitive periods are Montessori’s name for age periods when the child shows unusual capabilities in acquiring particular skills. A modern name for this phenomenon might be “formative periods” or “periods of specific maturational aptness.” These sensitive periods are times in which the child is psychologically attuned to learn or acquire given ideas or skills more easily than at any other period. Modern psychologists refer to “critical thinking periods” and often stress “developmental tasks.” For example, the sensitive period for writing is 3 to 4 years of age for the average child; reading and numbers is ages 4 to 5; precise movement and coordination, age 2 to 3; and acquiring a sense of order, 2 to 3.

Child Socialization - Mukilteo, WA

Q: What is the philosophy of socialization in the classroom?
A: Young children develop at individual rates. Some children are observers while others live for their friends. The age of four is usually centered on social growth. A child at the age of four has often mastered their language and can easily articulate their needs. After being in the classroom since the age of two or three, the child feels comfortable working out social interaction inside the classroom and out on the playground. The Montessori classrooms are usually a hum of soft verbalization as the children move from one activity to another. Working on socialization and refining a child’s social skills is an essential part of Montessori education.

Montessori Discipline - Mukilteo, WA

Q: What is the Montessori concept of discipline?
A: Discipline is the second prerequisite condition for learning. Montessori discipline is an inner discipline, an inner control which the child develops over their own behavior through working with the Montessori materials. Dr. Montessori noted that many so-called undisciplined children are really frustrated due to lack of proper stimulation and inadequate opportunity to achieve. She also noted that they became happier and self-controlled after a period of time in a Montessori class in which they experienced challenging tasks absorbing their energies and resulting in a sense of personal achievement.


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