Providence Montessori School of Lexington, Kentucky
We are Providence Montessori School, an authentic Montessori school accredited with the American Montessori Society.
Our mission is to…
Provide a quality environment, holistic in its approach,
Which unleashes in our children their natural curiosity,
Their intrinsic desire for life long learning,
And their innate ability to be citizens who better our world community.
Learn more about our different programs
Dr. Montessori observed that the foundation for life-long learning and a happy, healthy child is developed in the first few years of life. When the basic physical, emotional and social needs of a young child are consistently, respectfully and joyfully met, the child learns to trust. Feeling safe and secure, the child can then begin to explore all the wonders of his or her own self and world. These experiences shape the child’s impressions as he or she develops and grows.
Dr. Montessori divides a child’s growth into four distinct planes of development. The first two planes deal with childhood and the growth of a child through age 12. Providence Montessori addresses these first two formative planes through its primary and elementary programs. During the first three years, the child is unconsciously absorbing his surroundings. During the second three years, the child moves from unconscious absorption to conscious work.
Whereas children from birth to age six are gathering facts, children in the second plane need to know why, how and when. The years from six to twelve, then, are the time for cosmic education understanding and exploring the interdependence of everything in nature. There is an eagerness to know and understand the reasons for things, to learn details about subjects, to explore moral questions, and to form close associations with others.
The child’s education at the upper elementary level continues to promote development of his or her mental independence as well as the ability to manage the requirements of daily life with grace, confidence and effectiveness. The structure of the classroom encourages a high level of self-discipline. Research, independent study, and collaborative projects all teach children how to learn, not just what to learn.
The Erdkinder level (ages 12-18) continues the work of the elementary, but focuses on the implementation of human interdependency with the natural world. Adolescents begin to merge the history of the universe, the cultures of man and governments with skills currently acquired through academic pursuits and work on the land.Students have greater opportunity for hands-on environmental work, technology, and commerce. They are more independent and self-motivated as they develop life skills for an emerging society.