Le Petit Papillon Montessori School

Providing Stimulating and Enriching Education

About Le Petit Papillon Montessori School

Established in 1999, Le Petit Papillon Montessori School offers children in Miami Beach, Florida, an innovative and creative approach to a holistic education. Based on the renowned Montessori method, founder Damarys Zarling has strived to create a supportive and kind atmosphere in which the individuality and independent needs of each student are respected and fostered. Complete development is a key focus area at the school, where children learn at their own speed and are challenged and stimulated accordingly. The independent, coeducational and nonsectarian school offers educational programs for toddlers through the elementary school level.

Damarys Zarling holds a degree in psychology, as well as Montessori certifications. All the dedicated staff members at Le Petit Papillon Montessori School hold AMI and AMS certifications, in addition to their advanced degrees. All the level-specific educational programs at the school incorporate visual and sensorial materials and aids that are designed to stimulate cognitive development and establish the foundation for a complete education. Through the curriculum, students develop exceptional skills in a wide variety of areas, including self-confidence, social development, independence, respect, adaptability, coordination, and concentration.

ACOP Music Festival in Miami

Located in Miami Beach, Florida, Le Petit Papillon Montessori School offers an enriching education to students up to the age of 10. Committed to charitable efforts, Le Petit Papillon Montessori School recently led its students in fundraising for local charities such as the American Children's Orchestras for Peace.

The American Children's Orchestras for Peace (ACOP) hosts its Music Festival as an opportunity for children who have participated in the program to share what they have learned with their community. The event begins with an award ceremony in which the organization bestows the Children for Peace award on distinguished community leaders. It also includes a parade, a dove release ceremony, a children's pavilion, musical entertainment, and other activities for children and their families.

The Music Festival takes place in Miami-Dade where the American Children's Orchestras for Peace serves children in communities ranging from Allapattah to Little Haiti. The event highlights the organization's work to promote peace among children of different cultural, religious, and ethnic heritage.

Le Petit Papillon Montessori School's "Dark Side of the Rainbow" Event

Le Petit Papillon Montessori School, located in Miami Beach, Florida, embraces the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, which emphasizes fostering a child’s own creativity. In 2011, Le Petit Papillon Montessori School held an event, “Dark Side of the Rainbow,” which appealed to families interested in art.

“Dark Side of the Rainbow” offered families a chance to experience the creative work of its students. It featured documentaries, biographies, photo installations, and more. Timed to coincide with the city of Miami’s widely acclaimed “Art Basel,” the works at the event were created by students as young as toddlers. A broad range of media was employed to create the work in the show. Recycled materials formed the basis of three-dimensional sculptures, which were displayed alongside several collections of photographs. Additionally, live classic rock music was provided by the Live! Modern School of Music. A performance of hip-hop dance from Tamara Roy and team added to the variety of interests represented at the event, which was geared to bring young children into the arts.

The Independent Montessori Learning Approach

Le Petit Papillon Montessori School in Miami Beach, Florida, was established in 1999 by Mrs. Damarys Zarling. Le Petit Papillon Montessori School consists of a community of educators and young students dedicated to the teaching style developed by Italian physician Maria Montessori in the early 1900s.

In schools implementing the Montessori approach to learning, children under the age of six participate in one or two uninterrupted work periods each day. These learning periods last three hours and are centered around independent learning, as opposed to the complementary group lessons. Teachers and fellow students are expected to respect a child’s commitment to his or her independent learning time, particularly when the child appears to be heavily engrossed in the chosen activity.

While group learning lessons are important to the teaching style, the lessons never distract from the highly valued independent education sessions. Individuals who wish to learn more about these three-hour independent study periods can review the My Contribution to Experiment Science chapter in The Advanced Montessori Method, Volume I, or by e-mailing specific questions to educators at a nearby school.

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