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Montessori Builds Creative Innovators

Posted on Friday February 05 2016


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American educational policy has always been discordant, especially when compared with the educational system of other countries, but one complaint has always been that students have never had the opportunity to innovate, according to an article by Andrew McAfee in the Harvard Business Review. With the educational system revolving around teachers preaching to students, there´s no wonder that students don´t have the opportunity to innovate, or even express their creativity through choosing interests that suit them. But, with the Montessori schools, and their different ideology, there´s a lot of opportunity to build creative minds-and innovative minds as well. According to the HBR article, there are many graduates of the Montessori program that fit this mold of creativity like Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Jimmy Wales, Julia Child, David Blaine, and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.

But, why is it that the Montessori method creates so many creative types? This educational method was created by Maria Montessori under a "discovery" model, "in which students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction," and can choose what they want to work on. In this way, innovation is encouraged rather than instruction forced upon the students. Though there only are a few options that the students can choose from, there are enough options that the students are very free and open to many different choices of activities.

Though there are many Montessori preschools, there are even more Montessori schools throughout the world, including a Montessori preschool in Corona. With many graduates of the Montessori program excited and talkative about the benefits of the program, we think there should be more schools available to students throughout the US and the world. But, if you live in Riverside County and have a child preparing to go to preschool, be sure to consider the Sierra Preschool for your child.

Though the Montessori program is non-traditional, it brings the most amount of knowledge and learning to the table for your growing, inventive, and creative child. Not only will you child look forward to learning, but they will learn how to learn for themselves, and innovate for the rest of their lives. For more information about the Montessori method or our preschools, please visit our website or drop in at our school to observe and see if our preschool is right for your child.

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Why Our Preschool Does It Best

Posted on Monday December 22 2014


The right Montessori can make all the difference in the world. Today's world is more chaotic, busy, and competitive than ever. A high-quality preschool isn't just going to help your child develop at a young age; it will provide them with an advantage throughout the rest of their lives. At Academy on the Hills, we pride ourselves on being the best preschool in Riverside, utilizing the positive aspects of the Montessori Method and a structured preschool curriculum. What makes us unique? Here are a few of the benefits of enrolling with us.

Focused and Structured

We know that no two children are alike. We also know that means no two children learn exactly the same way. At Academy on the Hills, we provide a focused and structured curriculum tailored to every child's individual needs. Even at a young age, children can be in very different places developmentally. We guarantee that we will treat every child individually and focus on helping them develop the abilities they need.

Team-Based

Our team-based curriculum ensures no child is ever left alone or without something to work on. By providing a team-based environment, we are able to more closely monitor every child's behavior and needs and adjust their curriculum and education as necessary.

6 Month Assessments

Planning, education, and training are irrelevant if you don't have anything to show for them. At Academy on the Hills, we provide six-month assessments for all of our students. During these assessments, we cover everything from peer-to-peer interactions to educational growth. By understanding every child's needs, we are able to provide better service than any other Riverside preschool.

Age-Appropriate Goals

Every person needs a goal to work towards. Every child also needs a goal to work towards. No matter how small or large, we help establish goals for our students to ensure they feel motivated to succeed and the satisfaction of reaching a goal. Through our other teaching methods, we are able to help students come up with specific goals that are tailored to their unique developmental needs.

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Things to Consider When Choosing Toddler Care

Posted on Tuesday October 14 2014


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The care and education of your child is of utmost importance, but all too often, parents are unable to personally care for their children. Whether it is because of demanding jobs or otherwise busy schedules, parents often need to find alternative childcare. Fortunately, if you are in this situation, there are plenty of options for your child. The key to finding a good preschool for your young child is thorough research, so if you want to find good toddler care in Corona, it is important to keep some questions in mind while researching your options.

Is the Program Educational?

Many childcare services will pass themselves off as preschools, when in fact they are less invested in educating your child and more invested in simply babysitting him or her. It is, after all, much easier to babysit than to teach. If you are looking to start your child's education, it is important to make sure that your chosen preschool will offer educational experiences. It is a good idea to take a look at the curricula of your prospective preschools and narrow down your choices to those which have programs that deal with literacy, numbers, and other such academic subjects.

Is the Cost Acceptable?

In order for your child to thrive, you must choose a preschool which fits his or her needs, both academically and socially. This requires a somewhat higher cost than a simple babysitting job. However, if you pay so much for your child's preschool education that you are forced to cut back significantly somewhere else, it is very possible that your child might have other difficulties. There are good programs for everyone, but you must be diligent in your research and find facilities that offer what your child needs for a price you can afford.

Is the Location Acceptable?

This is another important factor in choosing the perfect preschool for your child. It is much more difficult to send a child to school in another area, or even another city entirely! There are many good educational facilities for toddler care in Corona, so you do not need to look outside your area. If you research your options, narrow down your choices, peruse each preschool's website to choose the best curriculum, and make a few phone calls to ask any other questions you may have, then you can certainly find the perfect preschool at which your child can learn, grow, and ultimately thrive.

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What Your Child Learns in Preschool

Posted on Monday September 29 2014


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For many parents, preschool is a mystery. You take your child, drop him or her off, and then just have faith your money is being well spent. Unfortunately, some parents never see the fruits of their labors; and if that is the case, it is time to find a new preschool.

Preschool Is Important

Preschool is the single most important period in the development of your children. During this state of life, they are making connections and creating habits that they will carry with them through the rest of their lives. Due to the fact this time is so crucial, the preschool they attend should be taking their education seriously.

A Well-Rounded Education

In a Montessori preschool, you can count on outstanding results. In our classrooms, children learn valuable life skills like how to clean up after themselves, how to do dishes, how to feed fish and other pets, and how to care for plants. Besides life skills, children also learn phonographs and before you know it, they are reading you books.

A Welcome Challenge

Montessori preschools also teach math concepts that go well beyond number recognition. In a very short time, your child will be able to match numbers with quantity, will start counting by twos, fives, and tens, and will recognize even and odd numbers. The most beautiful thing about Montessori education is that when a child is ready for more advanced concepts and activities, teachers offer them exactly that.

Other things you can count on your child learning include days of the week, months of the year, seasons, and sequencing. For parents who were not educated with the Montessori Method, it all seems like a miracle. The fact your preschooler is doing work that the public school system deems appropriate for first grade will amaze you.

We believe that the things taught in a Montessori preschool not only prepare children for the real world, but also prepare them to love all the magic contained within it.

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Montessori: When Regular Preschool Just Won't Cut It

Posted on Wednesday September 23 2014


We know that choosing the right education for your children is difficult. There are a myriad of day cares and preschools available. So how do you find the right one? The most important thing you can do is learn about what separates Montessori schools from run-of-the-mill preschools.

The Method's Origins

The Montessori Method was developed by Maria Montessori, who spent her life educating children. She discovered that, contrary to popular opinion, children are, by nature, curious and very hard working. Based on this discovery, she created an educational method that tapped into that natural curiosity to produce outstanding results.

The Method's Results

We know that general preschools and public schools alike adhere to a curriculum that says children can begin recognizing numbers and letters by the time they reach kindergarten. Our response to that: ridiculous! Children who are educated with the Montessori Method are reading by the time they leave the preschool program! That's right, we consistently have three-year-olds doing the same work public schooled first graders do: and they love it!

Outside the Box

When you enroll your child in a Montessori school, you are giving them the freedom to truly reach their potential. The materials that we use allow children to explore concepts through touch and observation. Experiential learning is extremely easy to build on and parents are always amazed at how quickly their children progress. The secret is that the Montessori Method teaches children in the way they naturally learn. Instead of working against nature or trying to squeeze children into the confines of adult learning, Montessori celebrates children and the gifts with which nature endows them.

Unlike general preschools, Montessori schools engage children, guide their natural curiosity toward more and more complex tasks, and give them the respect and deference necessary to promote self-esteem and confidence. If you want your child to love learning, our Montessori program is a great place to start.

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Montessori: The Making of a Masterpiece

Posted on Wednesday September 17 2014


Rome is known for many historically significant things: the Coliseum, the aqueducts, the Vatican, the list continues on and on. Unbeknownst to many people, Rome is also home to one of the most successful educational methods in modern history: the Montessori Method.

In the Beginning

The story of Montessori begins in 1907 when Dr. Maria Montessori opened her first school in a poor area of Rome. The school was named Casa dei Bambini and by 1909, the entire country was talking about this amazing new method that turned otherwise forgotten and neglected children into superior pupils: and it wasn't long before the rest of the world stood up and took notice.

It was not until 1911 that Montessori finally made its way to the shores of the United States. As with most immigrants, it began its journey in New York. As proof of its credibility spread, so did the number of its schools and the enthusiasm of its patrons. In a mere five years, there were more than 100 schools in little more than half the states. Unfortunately, some "top educators" disliked Montessori and convinced both government and citizens alike that it had no place in the United States' education system and the movement quickly died down.

A Second Chance

It wasn't until 1953 that Montessori found a new champion in the form of Nancy McCormick Rambusch. Originally a teacher working within the confines of the American education system, McCormick began searching for a better, more effective teaching method. This search took her to a European Montessori conference where she decided to learn the method and bring it back to the United States. This work eventually led to the opening of a new Montessori school in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1960. From there, the movement began anew and swept across the United States for the second time.

At Riverside Montessori, we are proud to be one of the more than 1,300 member schools created by this enlightened view of education.

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How to Find a Professional Preschool

Posted on Wednesday September 10 2014


When the time comes for you to send your precious child to preschool, we know that finding the right one can be daunting. In a world full of childcare choices, finding a professional preschool that will take good care of your child and do a good job of educating him or her can be tricky. Here are a few tips that can help you make the right decision.

Three Good Signs

The first thing you should look for is a school that lets children be children. When you visit the school, you should see children actively engaged with toys, learning materials, or other children. If you see children walking around without any direction, sitting by themselves, or seemingly bored or upset, walk away.

The second thing you should look into is the daily schedule. In a good preschool, teachers should give children some one-on-one time, work with small groups, and also lead exercises with the whole group. If the teachers never give children individual attention, your money can be better spent elsewhere.

Finally, find out how children are taught. If a preschool is using a lot of worksheets, it's a useless program. Children should be learning concepts through hands-on manipulation and life experiences like feeding fish, serving snacks, and helping clean up the room.

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How Preschool Will Benefit Your Child

Posted on Monday June 16 2014


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When choosing the right preschool in Corona, it's important to find a preschool with structured curriculum where your child can learn language arts, math, science and much more. In addition, your child needs an environment where he or she can develop important educational, emotional, and social skills. Sierra Preschool provides a fun and learning centered environment for all your preschool needs.

Educational, emotional, and social skills can begin early when a child attends preschool. These skills will benefit them for the rest of their lives and will be the building blocks for future higher level skills. Preschool is one of the first opportunities for a teacher structured environment. This introduces a child to the idea of respecting adults outside of their usual parental environment. It also teaches them to build relationships of trust with other adults. Preschool is also a wonderful opportunity for children to interact with other children and build early friendships. This skill will help and follow them throughout the rest of their life.

In addition to building friendships, preschool offers the opportunity for children to learn to share with other kids. This can teach them self-control as they learn to help others and deal with their frustrations in a safe way. Skilled teachers offer help to resolve issues between children while helping them understand the correct way to channel their frustration and move on. Preschool can often be a "team effort" between parents and teachers. The success of a child can increase when their parent and teacher are both on the same page. This can be in regards to goals, concerns, discipline, or any other area. Preschool also teaches your child at a young age the balance between work, rest, and play. Time is spent daily on learning but they also have time to rest and play. Our structured environment will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

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Myth Busting Montessori Education

Posted on Monday June 9 2014


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Education is vital to the future of our children and our nation. Sometimes parents are unhappy with the traditional education system and look for something different. A Montessori education is an effective and engaging way to educate your children with a different flare from traditional education. Many people don't know what Montessori is and many others have misconceptions about it. Montessori is an approach to education with an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect/engaging of a child's natural physical, psychological, and social development. Montessori is a philosophy that can take many different forms depending on the schools. As you learn and consider a Montessori education for your child, let's bust some common myths about this educational philosophy.

Myth 1: Montessori Classrooms Offer No Structure

Kids need structure. It's important to teach them boundaries and give them a schedule as their body and mind develops. Our Montessori school actually does follow a schedule each day, complete with snacks, recess, quiet time, and various educational blocks of time. Although the children don't all sit and do the same activity, there is structure to what they do. In each educational block, the children can choose between a variety of educational activities at their own pace and guided by their own interest.

Myth 2: Montessori Is for Certain Types of Learners

Children and adults have different learning styles. There are three main types of learning: visual, auditory, and kinetic. Our Montessori activities are designed to engage children in each of these learning styles. Since they can self-direct their learning, they can naturally learn the way that works best for them. This flexibility is one of the main advantages to Montessori over a traditional education.

Myth 3: Montessori Isn't Academically Rigorous

Several studies have shown that Montessori students do equally well if not better on standardized testing. The self-directed learning, mixing of ages, and variety of learning opportunities allows children to learn at their own pace. Often, this means that children can advance quicker than they might otherwise be able to. All Montessori activities are backed by research and are designed to teach. Montessori schools are often for younger children, but many go through eighth grade.

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Come On Kids, Let's Go to Preschool!

Posted on Monday June 02 2014


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Here at the Academy on the Hills preschool in Corona, we know that the earlier a child's education begins, the better off they're going to be in school, social situations, and even in the workplace years down the road. There are a huge number of reasons why preschool is beneficial for every child, and even for parents!

Help through Terrible Twos

Ever hear of the "Terrible Twos"? The very mention can send parents running for deep cover! Preschool can help both child and parent through the tumultuous twos, threes, and even fours! Toddlers get a lot more socialization with other kids their age when they're at preschool. Sure, Big Bird and the Bubble Guppies can teach them how to count to 12, but new learners really need hands on experience with other kids to learn how to share, take turns, and simply play nice.

Stimulation Beyond Cartoons

Now matter how hard you try, your toddler's brain is like a sponge that never gets fully saturated! Preschool gives them constant stimulation beyond TV. Saturating these sponges with education stimuli like story time, painting, singing, coloring, and hands-on exploration is essential to a young child's early education and will help them be excited about learning and look forward to school.

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