The Montessori child begins to learn about language in the home, in the family unit which has nurtured him from birth. In the Montessori classroom, we are not introducing language per se but instead providing building blocks to help the child refine his use of language. Language work begins in the spoken language area with many stories, songs, games, rhymes and lots of specialized vocabulary work. We help the child to classify his world through expanding his vocabulary using real objects and pictures.

The Montessori child begins to read when he is ready and at his own pace. In the meantime, the teacher has introduced the ideas of letter sounds through spoken language work. A visual form is given to the sound through work with the Sandpaper Letters providing a phonetic basis for later reading work. In working with the Sandpaper Letters, the child hears the sound, sees the shape of the letter, and prepares his muscles to write the letter through tracing the shape. The shape and sound become its own entity and thus later, letters are associated with sounds and linked together to form words and stories.

Spoken language, letters and sounds fill the classroom and when the time is right a child explodes into reading. Further keys to reading are introduced and a child is provided other work to help him realize the meaning of words, how words relate to one another and how words can be used to express a particular thought. Extensions in the areas of Science, Geography, Music, and Art further enhance the child’s total language experience in a Montessori Classroom.

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