who we areMontessori Academy of Slidell
We believe in providing children wth the keys to unlock their full potential to become life-long learners and make a positive impact on our world. We believe in the importance of education and it being the foundation on which children may grow.
Nido is Italian for “nest.” Our Montessori Nido environment provides a nurturing, peaceful atmosphere for children ages 6 weeks to 18 months.
The environment is aesthetically-designed and replicated to capture the warm feeling of a home environment. It is a dynamic, ever-evolving space that is adjusted to meet the needs of the infants in the space. Our Nido fosters movement as this is an innate human tendency during the early stages of development. The infant environment allows children to explore sights, sounds and materials as well as opportunities to build strength and coordination through freedom of movement. Our Nido environment allows the child to move about freely, choosing materials and practicing their budding social-emotional skills. Our Nido invites the fostering of parent and child relationships by welcoming parents into the environment for breast feeding or bottle feeding.
The Nido teachers are specially trained to move thoughtfully through the environment, offering the necessary assistance and support to the infants as they learn to become successful, confident individuals. All teachers use plenty of language learning through narrating, singing and reading. Teachers support the infants in independent toileting, including upright diaper changes when the infant can stand and using a potty chair when the infant can safely sit. Infants and their teachers form close, trusting relationships that are the foundation for learning.
This area is particularly emphasized as the activities give children 18 months to 36 months the chance to develop practical life skills through the following: care of self, care of others, care of indoor and outdoor environment, control of movement, grace and courtesy, and preliminaries.
Practical life activities are essential to development of fine and gross motor skills. Some of these activities include: pouring, spooning, folding, washing a table, pulling out chairs and more. Children may also choose activities in other areas such as art, sensorial, language, early stages of geometry and mathematics, and cultural geography.
Since self-care and toilet learning are an integral part of our curriculum, each child is offered ample opportunities to become independent in the restroom with the aid of our trained Montessori professional.
Children through the ages of 3 to 6 years have the opportunity to learn in a Montessori prepared environment, which is reared to promote independence by allowing the freedom to move and interact with the materials in the classroom. The curriculum consists of practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, and cultural/geography.
Practical life focuses on increasing the child’s independence, concentration, sense of order and coordination.
Sensorial is designed for refinement of the senses: sight, smell, touch, taste, and more.
Language begins with communication between the child and the guide. The activities in the language area progress to give the child experience with sounds, writing, reading, and sentence analysis.
Mathematics serves to provide the child with concrete experiences from the decimal system, linear counting, mathematical operations, memorization, and fractions, which sets a foundation for moving from concrete to abstract.
Cultural Geography broadens the child’s awareness of other cultures and lifestyles around the world, including their own. This area instills in the child a sense of appreciation for the way others live.
The Montessori adult or guide focuses on meeting the individual needs of each child through daily observation. Montessori education is a community that protects the development of the young child and encourages an atmosphere of peace, love, and acceptance.
From Our Founders
“We want to thank everyone for the tremendous amount of support and overwhelming responses we’ve recieved. We’re so excited to take you all on this journey with us and to have you be a part of our community. Stay tuned for more exciting details!”
– Megan Benedic & Kandace Alphonso
Montessori Academy is a preparatory Montessori school located at 850 Fremaux Avenue, Slidell, LA 70458. Our school provides a welcoming environment for families and children 6 weeks to 6 years in and around the Slidell area. Our school operating hours are from 7:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.