Learning Center

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The Montessori Learning Center is a child care center licensed by the WV DHHR.  The Primary Program provides a structured learning environment for children ages 3 to 6. The Elementary Program provides a Montessori-based curriculum that supplements the educational activities of home-schooled students aged 6 - 12.  

The goal of the Learning Center is to provide a stimulating, nurturing environment where students can gain the knowledge, practice the skills, and develop the intellectual tools that are important and necessary for success in today’s world.

Philosophy

The Learning Center follows the philosophy and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori and believes in her ideas of independence, respect, and “following the lead of the child.”

 
 
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The Learning Center strives to provide "...an environment in which the child, set free from undue adult intervention, can live its life according to the laws of its development.”

 

— Dr. Maria Montessori

** Note: Enrollment for the 2018-19 Montessori Learning Center program year is closed at this time. Please watch for enrollment details in early 2019 in the News section or on our Facebook page for the 2019-20 program year. If you have any other questions, please contact us.

Age-based programs

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Primary Program - Ages 3-6

Our primary program recognizes this stage of life as the beginning of control and coordination of mind and body. Learning revolves around tangible experiences. Children use concrete materials to learn math, movable alphabets to explore language, and cubes, cylinders and other objects to categorize, find special relationships, and more.

Curriculum includes:

  • Science and nature

  • Music and movement

  • Sensorial activities

  • Practical life skills

  • Language arts

  • Mathematics

  • Cultural awareness

  • Geography

  • Physical Fitness

 

Early Elementary Program – Ages 6-9

We challenge each and every child at his or her own level. In our Early Elementary program, students are given the time, resources and materials they need to master material if it proves difficult for them. Advanced students are presented with appropriate challenges to excite their minds. All students are inspired to learn about their world. The Early Elementary Program is meant to supplement the educational activities of home-schooled students.

Curriculum includes:

  • Language arts

  • Mathematics

  • Geometry

  • Zoology

  • Botany

  • Matter and Astronomy

  • History

  • Cultural Awareness

  • Music

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Upper Elementary Program – Ages 9-12

The Upper Elementary curriculum is designed to be responsive to the social, emotional, and academic needs of students ages 9-12 years old. Developmentally, children this age become stronger abstract thinkers and the curriculum continues to accommodate their developmental changes. As their competency and capacity for independence grows, Upper Elementary students take on more responsibility for their studies. Learning life skills such as time management and project planning are woven into the routine of their days. The students arrange the details of field trips, make decisions about research and study topics, and maintain the atmosphere of the classroom, all under the watchful eye of the guides.  The Early Elementary Program is also meant to supplement the educational activities of home-schooled students.

Curriculum includes:

  • Language arts

  • Mathematics

  • Physical and Life Sciences

  • Cultural Studies

  • Practical Life

  • Music

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Learning Center FAQ

Is the Learning Center a school?

No. The Learning Center is not a private school.  The Montessori Learning Center is an educational program, a supplemental option for those families who choose to homeschool their children, and a WV DHHR-licensed child care center offered by Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative, a non-profit organization. The Montessori Learning Center follows the philosophy and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori and believe in her ideas of independence, respect and “following the lead of the child”.