Sunflower Montessori and Day Care is located at 7561 142nd Street, Apple Valley, MN 55124. We offer programs for, Infants (ages 6 weeks to 16 months), Toddlers (ages 16 months to 2.5 years) Early Preschoolers (2.5 to 3.5 years) and Montessori Primary Program for ages 3 to 5.
For more information on these programs please contact us by email at [email protected] / by phone at 952-583-2402 /
952-583-2403 / by fax at 952-583-2146.
At Sunflower Montessori and Day Care, we are committed to observing and supporting the natural development of children, as well as, treat each child as a unique individual. We use the Montessori educational practice to help children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time-management skills, care of the environment and each other, and to prepare them to contribute to society and to become fulfilled persons.
Montessori education is a model of human development; and an educational approach developed by Italian Physician and Educator Dr. Maria Montessori. This model emphasize on independence, freedom within limits, respect a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development in a mixed age environment.
At Sunflower Montessori and Day Care, we are committed to observing and supporting the natural development of children, as well as treat each child as a unique individual. We use Montessori educational practice to help children develop creativity, problem solving skills, critical thinking, time management skills, care of the environment and each other, and to prepare them to contribute to society and to become fulfilled persons.
Sunflower Montessori and Day Care uses lessons and materials introduced by Dr. Maria Montessori, tailored to the basic characteristics of children at different ages and to the individual personalities of each child. The function of the environment is to allow the child to develop independence in all areas according to his or her inner psychological directives.
Our programs are developed to follow two basic models of human development. The two principles of this models are: first, children engage in psychological self-construction by means of interaction with their environments. Second is children especially under the age of six, will use their innate path of psychological development. Based on these models the children are guided by the teachers will be at liberty to choose freely within the environment prepared and would act spontaneously for optimal development.
Dr. Maria Montessori was born on August 31, 1870 in Italy. In 1906, Montessori was invited to oversee the care and education of a group of children of working parents, and the first Casa dei Bambini, or Children's House was opened on January 6, 1907.
Montessori observed behaviors in these young children which formed the foundation of her educational method. She noted episodes of deep attention and concentration, multiple repetitions of activity, and a sensitivity to order in the environment. Given free choice of activity, the children showed more interest in practical activities and Montessori's materials than in toys provided for them, and were surprisingly unmotivated by sweets and other rewards. Over time, she saw a spontaneous self-discipline emerge.
Based on her observations, Montessori implemented a number of practices that became hallmarks of her educational philosophy and method.