“The only really important thing in education is to teach the child how to learn.” ––Dr. Maria Montessori
The Montessori Philosophy: Preparation for Life
Every baby is born with the desire to know, the urge to explore, the need to master the environment––and ultimately to achieve. These motivations come from within the child and can, and should, be encouraged. With that in mind, the Montessori environment is carefully prepared to help your child develop this innate curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. We believe that education is a preparation for life, not simply a search for intellectual skills.
About RMA: Fostering Learning for a Lifetime
At Renaissance Montessori, the self-development of each unique child is our top priority. Our Academy is a pre-school program, lasting from the age of 2 ½ through 5 ½. During this time, children develop self-discipline, self-expression, and independence, plus cultivate an organized approach to problem-solving and basic academic skills. These goals require a full three years for children to attain, and are designed to foster a lifetime love of learning.
RMA’s Background: Parents Have Always Been Our Partners
Renaissance Montessori Academy opened in August of 1995, the result of an intensive six-month effort by a parental task force. These were the parents of children who would be attending The Renaissance School (a Douglas County K-6 magnet school that was opening at the same time) and desired the highest-quality pre-school and kindergarten program possible for the younger siblings. Many of those parents became the original members of the Renaissance Montessori Academy Board of Directors.
Just as was the case when we opened our doors, parents are encouraged to participate in our activities. Whether it’s for special events, field trips, lessons about their professions or one-on-one discussions of educational and developmental issues with teachers, parents are a vital part of the learning that goes on here. In fact, our RMA Parent Center is a portal for parental education.
The Renaissance staff conducts one meeting early in the year to discuss our philosophy of child development with parents. Then we host more meetings to celebrate the achievements of the students. Our goal is to bring students, teachers and parents together in a community that promotes curiosity and a lifelong love of learning that can’t be equaled anywhere else.