THE SCHOOL AND FUTURE PROJECTION
Beautiful Minds is a bilingual school, in which Spanish and English are the vehicular languages. At the end of the three-year cycle, children will use both languages in a natural and fluent way.
If you think about how your child will adapt later after receiving a Montessori education in their Early Years. It is our goal to prepare children for real life experiences. We prepare them in the academic area, they will enter primary school with a solid knowledge of the decimal system and also reading and writing. Their skills to organize their own work and problem solving will be excellent. Their confidence and their communication skills will be very high. And most important of all, children will love school and have positive feelings about themselves and others. All these qualities are very valuable assets in any type of school in which they will go later.
In Montessori, we encourage children to learn from their classmates, for this reason children are grouped in the three-year age spans, (from 3 to 6). Children learn from their older peers, and at the same time they can teach the little ones. The range of abilities and learning opportunities is wider when children are mixed by age. Older children learn tolerance, patience and leadership skills and younger children feel the aspirational desire to learn to do what older children do. The Montessori environment is a reflection of our society thanks to the mixture of ages
The work cycle is a period of two and a half to three hours of work, in which children can work uninterrupted in the activities that they choose, all the time that they want, also new activities are presented by the guides. This work cycle fosters independence and above all concentration. Children are free to explore the environment and relate socially in a constructive way. Teachers guide children to ensure that by the end of the three-year period, each child has experienced all areas of the environment and has acquired and appropriate curriculum.
We emphasize the importance of respect for children. Children learn in our environment to respect the need and rights of their peers and guides, and to observe their own needs and rights too. Children are free to explore the environment only with the limit that their exploration does not include actions that harms or disturb any other person.
The work cycle is a structure in children´s life that provides them with routine and predictability, since by not mastering the concept of time when children do not have a routine, they feel insecure and without control over their own lives.
FREEDOM WITH LIMITS
Children are free to explore the environment, its materials and socialize constructively. Teachers are guiding children to make sure that during a period of three years, each child experiences and works in all areas of the environment. In this way, they will acquire the appropriate knowledge. We emphasize the issue of respect, as the guides will respect the unique nature of each child.
QUALITY OF MATERIALS
All our guides and assistants are qualified by MCI (Montessori Center International, based in England) or AMI (Association Montessori Internationale, based in Holland).
Our team is made up of guides and assistants who are passionate about the Montessori pedagogy and committed to the maximum with their work.
PARENTS MEETINGS AND COURSES
In our center we offer regular parent meetings at the request of the parents and also when the guides believe it is necessary. We consider the communication between parents and guides fundamental to scaffold the development and learning of children. We also offer free courses to introduce parents who are neophytes in the Montessori philosophy, and in this way they can apply it in their daily basis with their children in their homes.
Once a year (at the end of the course) parents will be invited to observe a complete cycle of activity, so they will have the opportunity to see a day to day in our environment and enjoy the work of the children.