A pre-school in our corner of rural central Massachusetts, the Petersham Montessori School offers a unique Montessori education for your child. We welcome children from the age 2 years 9 months to 6 years of age from local or surrounding towns.
Our school was founded in 1996, following the closing of the local Sisters of the Assumption Montessori, where many of our alumni had begun their Montessori experience.
The Petersham Montessori School is a non-profit organization which is overseen by a board of directors comprised of parents and community members. We are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (ECC) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Petersham Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or national origin.
We are currently accepting applications. Please call 978-724-0246 , We look forward to hearing from you.
The Value of a Montessori Education:
Montessori education is based upon two powerful, unique ideas that are supported by years of academic excellence and current scientific research: the child as a self-motivated, active learner, and the school as a scientifically prepared environment. Dr. Montessori observed and documented children’s natural curiosity and love of learning. Her discoveries led her to believe that the goal of early childhood education should be to cultivate the child’s own natural desire to learn.
This goal is accomplished in the Montessori classroom by enabling children to learn through active exploration based on choice and by providing a methodically prepared learning environment based on scientifically recognized developmental periods.
A trained Montessori teacher acts as guide between the child’s readiness and the appropriate lesson. Dr. Montessori recognized the importance of engaging the child’s mind through active interaction with his environment and said that “mental development must be connected to movement and be dependent on it.” Specifically designed Montessori materials enable the child to fix his attention on the lesson by focusing both the hand and the mind simultaneously. This effort at coordinating the brain with movement at the earliest ages is unique to Montessori.
" The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”