Montessori Elementary- The Second Plane Ages 6-12 years old are in what Maria Montessori calls the “Second Plane of Development”. As parents, we can see the shift in behaviors and thinking of our children from preschool to elementary. Our children begin to acquire and refine new skills, and they go from asking “why” to asking “how”. Montessori elementary is when … Read More
There’s a hidden curriculum in a Montessori classroom. From the very beginning, a Montessori teacher’s aim is to build confidence, self esteem and foster the development of executive functioning skills so children succeed in rising to their potential. At Hilltop, we believe that there should be more to school than strict academics. Supporting the student as a developing adult is … Read More
Did you know that children form more than a million neural connections in their first two years of life? From birth, they are constantly growing, adapting, and learning from their environment. They don’t do any of that learning from behind a desk or table. After all, how could they? But for some reason around 5 and 6 years old we … Read More
Many parents enroll their child in a Montessori preschool with the expectation that they will go to a “real” school for Kindergarten and up. We implore you to stay. If the goal is for children to be happy, confident, curious young adults that are academic high-achievers, they are already in the right place.