Cinquegranelli Montessori has been serving children and families in the Sunset Hill/Ballard area since 1989. Our school offers a child-centered, learning environment for children 3 to 6 years old. It is a half-day program that runs Tuesday through Friday. Montessori philosophy and Italian language are the key emphases of our program.
At Cinquegranelli we strive to create an environment where children learn at their own pace, guided by their intrinsic developmental needs. It is our responsibility to recognize such needs and to guide them to works that satisfy their hunger for learning. It is our intention that each child become competent, confident, creative, and respectful human beings.
Our work and philosophy are guided by the pedagogic philosophy of Maria Montessori:
“… we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment for the child. … Man himself must become the center of education and we must never forget that man does not develop only at the university, but begins his mental growth at birth, and pursues it with the greatest intensity during the first three years of his life.” (Montessori, M. (1995). The Absorbent Mind.)
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