Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian physician who designed a method of education by observing young children and how they learn. Her extensive early childhood research, which is supported by modern research, revealed that children experience sensitive periods for learning during their early years. They easily learn particular skills during the corresponding sensitive periods, more so than at any other time in the child’s life. Montessori’s method encourages the natural development of the whole child from birth through maturity. Out of this research-based foundation, the Montessori “Method of Education” emerged.
Broad Branch Children’s House is a true community of young learners. Students move freely within the classroom, selecting work that captures their interest. Even very young children assist in the care of the environment. When hungry, students prepare their own snack and drink. When something spills, students help each other carefully clean things up. Parents are often amazed to see small children in Montessori classrooms sweeping, dusting, carrying pitchers of water and pouring liquids with barely a drop spilled. The children go about their work so calmly and purposefully that it is clear to even the casual observer that this is, in fact, their own environment.
Broad Branch Children’s House is now finalizing enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year, families who are eager to give their children an opportunity to learn in the holistic and nurturing educational environment are encouraged to contact them.
Location: 5608 Broad Branch Rd., NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, contact BBCH@MetroMontessori.com or visit bbchMontessori.com.