Storybooks School is a privately-owned school serving students from birth through 5 years old. We have established ten Houses (classrooms) for the different age groups of the children enrolled in our program.
Every child in our program is loved by every teacher; we love them like they are our own. Each house is unique, providing a comfortable home setting designed to be spacious and filled with warm light, providing an environment in which each child can feel like part of a family unit.
In deciding when to transition students, we consider each child’s development in the following areas: social/emotional, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cognitive abilities, and language. These criteria provide our children not only with an appealing environment, but also daily educational discoveries. Transitions are based on the whole child, not just by age.
Children learn best and in the most natural way through a Montessori approach that is based on self-directed activities, hands-on learning, and cooperative play. We provide interactive, experiential activities through teacher interaction and self-guided, age-appropriate play opportunities.
A child’s learning should focus on their experiences rather than on results. Our program focuses on reinforcing the process of learning while recognizing and celebrating each child’s efforts and determination.
At Storybooks, our children are provided a safe, secure, healthy, and loving environment in which to learn and develop. In our environment, children learn to become independent and successful, to creatively solve problems, and to confidently express their ideas and feelings by being inspired rather than instructed.
Play is a critical factor in all facets of a young child’s development. Developmentally appropriate practices, along with differentiated learning opportunities, ensure that our children are continually engaged and intellectually challenged. These include a combination of active outdoor play, imaginative games, independent discovery, direct instruction, and group activities.
Qualified, professional, and nurturing teachers are the cornerstone of a child’s success. Recruiting and retaining exceptional teachers depends on exemplary hiring practices, ongoing quality, professional training experiences, constructive developmental coaching, and availability of resources and materials for teaching.
Children benefit from an inclusive and diverse environment where they are accepted and treated with dignity and respect, and with the uniqueness of each child being acknowledged and celebrated. A partnership between school and parents in which there is clear and open communication, mutual respect, and collaboration regarding a child’s challenges, successes, and strengths provides the most beneficial learning environment for children.
“The greatest development is achieved during the first years of life, and therefore it is then that the greatest care should be taken.” – Marie Montessori
Learning begins with relationships between students, teachers, and their environment. Our teachers promote hands-on learning by creating experiences that allow students to interact with their environment. Every house and outside experience is created to help children master specific skills. At Storybooks School, students are active participants in our way of teaching.
Our environment is carefully designed to be enriching, offering robust resources to develop children in the following areas: cognitive, speech, language, fine and gross motor skills, including social and emotional stages, and the study of diversified cultural histories and celebrations.
Montessori age-appropriate designed materials are used to carefully craft meaningful learning experiences that lay active foundations, based on skill level, on which children can create abstract ideas at their own pace, repeating each exercise until it is mastered.