Fountainhead Montessori Danville

Inclusive and Creative Learning

About Fountainhead Montessori Danville

The Danville, California, campus of Fountainhead Montessori welcomes students from age two to six to join its inclusive and creative learning community. Since 1972, the school’s nondenominational curriculum has been serving the needs of San Francisco Bay Area families, with an emphasis on instilling an intrinsic love of learning in students. Fountainhead Montessori’s Danville campus maintains a dedicated team of accredited teachers who take pride in fostering community awareness alongside more traditional subjects. In addition, specialized instructors regularly visit the classroom to lead enriching activities, such as movement and music.

The Danville school offers flexible schedules that are designed to closely match individual expectations and budgets. With no hidden costs involved, parents benefit from discounts for a commitment of six months, through the biannual contract-payment option. Discounts for sibling enrollment and tailored payment plans are designed to make a quality education highly affordable for parents. All five San Francisco Bay Area campuses maintain longstanding membership in the American Montessori Society.

Maria Montessori Pioneered Child-Centered Learning Approach

With campuses in Danville, California, and other locales, Fountainhead Montessori provides a stimulating educational environment designed to foster a lifelong love of learning in its students. Adhering to the philosophies of noted educational visionary Maria Montessori, Fountainhead Montessori has served children and families in Danville and other areas since 1972. One of Italy's first female physicians, Maria Montessori initially practiced psychiatry while immersing herself in studies of educational theory.

Maria Montessori's professional studies led her to question the accepted methods for teaching children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After gaining opportunities to work with children in special education settings, she moved on to develop a program for children with economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Her scientific observations in these settings led her to advocate a classroom environment with materials that promote child-led, hands-on learning. Within a few years, her method had achieved success throughout Italy and earned worldwide acclaim.

After establishing her successful education approach, Maria Montessori spent the rest of her life lecturing, writing books, and training teachers. She also campaigned widely for women's rights and became a noted advocate for greater opportunities for women.

Role of the Montessori Teacher

At Fountainhead Montessori in Danville, California, students learn in a child-centered and specially designed environment. Teachers at Fountainhead’s Danville campus are trained and experienced in the Montessori method.

In a Montessori classroom, the teacher serves as a guide rather than an instructor. Whereas teachers in most early childhood classrooms spend much of their time presenting lessons to the class as a whole, the Montessori teacher supports individual children or pairs of children as they work with the specially prepared classroom materials. A teacher presents these materials and shows students how to use them in a lesson, then steps back and lets the child explore at a self-directed pace.

To facilitate learning in this way, the teacher becomes a knowledgeable observer who gains an understanding of each child's learning style, interests, and personality. He or she can correctly identify when a student is most able to learn a particular new concept and can connect the student with the materials to develop that skill. And when a child has built a new skill, the teacher is able to notice the child's success, acknowledge it joyfully, and then adapt the curriculum to encourage the child's continuing progress.

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