What is Montessori?

Your child's early years are the most important in his life!

For over a century, Dr. Maria Montessori’s method of education has helped children put the world that surrounds them into a context that they can easily understand. Dr. Montessori, one of the most vital influences on modern education, was the first to discover the need for early education. Now that educational research has verified Dr. Montessori's discoveries, more and more parents are seeking a Montessori education for their children.  Today, Montessori schools can be found all over the world and there are currently more than 7,000 Montessori schools nationwide.

The philosophy of the Montessori method is first and foremost to respect the child. The uniqueness of each and every child is emphasized in the Montessori classroom, which is prepared to promote the development of emotional, physical, intellectual and social needs. From birth to about age seven, the child effortlessly absorbs his environment. The impressions formed then will have a lasting effect upon the child's attitude toward learning and life itself. Dr. Montessori realized that it is necessary during this period for the child to find in his environment the tools to satisfy and stimulate his natural intellectual development to the fullest potential.

In the Montessori classroom, the elements of acceptance and tolerance, exploring and learning, warmth and care, child and adult are brought together to create the ideal learning environment; an environment where every child is gifted.

We pride ourselves on providing a traditional Montessori program. Maria Montessori believed that by having children grouped in a three-year age range in one classroom, it allows for the older students to become the mentors and for the younger students to learn from their fellow classmates. It is also beneficial because it creates a greater sense of community when students and teachers work together for three years.

When it came to choosing a preschool for my grandson, we could think of no more perfect place than the sylvan setting of Hunter Mill Montessori. At Hunter MIll Montessori, parents and grandparents alike can see students expand their horizons as they learn academics, social skills and independence. We couldn't be more pleased!

Pier Stock McGrath

Our family chose HMMS not only because it was recommended by all of our neighbors (and we have a lots of them) but once you step into the school, you can feel the warmth of the school community and its teachers. Our three sons attended HMMS and have far exceeded our expectations, socially, and educationally. 

The Woltz Family

Both of our kids went through the full program including Kindergarten and we could not have been happier with it. The kids loved school and Mrs. Cook and the rest of the teaching staff were engaged, responsive, and so clearly cared about all the kids. 

We chose [the school] nearly decade ago after touring many other local schools. We found its student/teacher ratio, cleanliness and educational program to be the best fit for our three children. As a working parent, I wanted a place where my child safe and cared for, while learning in an environment that met each of their different needs. 

Holly Brook Montessori School was an incredible experience for our son. He is ahead in math in elementary school, has great social skills, and is very respectful to his teachers. I give all of this credit to HB for helping to make him a well-rounded individual. Can't wait for our second to attend.

We were part of the Holly Brook family for 6 years. Our boys learned so many useful skills from math, reading, independence, and public speaking that set them up for success. One of the reasons we picked the school was due to how well they welcome international families and how open they are to learn about other cultures and traditions and incorporate them into their curriculum. We highly recommend this preschool, you will not regret it. - Sara