Welcome to Freeport Montessori
Thank you for visiting Freeport Montessori School, serving children 2 1/2 to 6 years old. We hope this page helps you better understand our teaching philosophy and we look forward to hearing from you to schedule your visit.
Recognizing the potential of each child and Empowering each child to become a lifelong learner through hands on, real life experiences.
Freeport Montessori School is a community of educators and families. The school uses the prepared Montessori environment to teach children how to learn by using materials guided by their own curiosity and development. The Montessori classroom is a respectful, cooperative place where children’s activities promote independence, cognitive preparation, physical coordination, social competence, emotional growth, and spiritual nourishment. The families bring their unique backgrounds and skills to the Montessori experience and enrich our school environment.
MARNEE HARKE has been part of a Montessori School for nearly 20 years as teacher, director, and/or founder. She is currently a member of the board of directors for the Maine Montessori Association and the Damariscotta Montessori School, and an appointed member of the Maine Children's Growth Council for the State of Maine. Since obtaining her degrees in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from Vanderbilt University, she has worked in schools in Tennessee, Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine. She holds her American Montessori Society credential from the Center for Montessori Training in New York.
MARCIA CLARK has 25 years of experience in Montessori Schools, including starting and running a successful school in Fairfield, CT. She has a BA from Bates College, a MS in Community Education from Cornell University, and an American Montessori Society Teacher’s credential. She runs a small farm along with teaching Montessori.
The day begins with a Montessori work period and ends with a community meeting. Students will have a minimum of 30 minutes on the playground (or community room in inclement weather) followed by lunch. The afternoon starts with a quiet time and chapter book followed by more advanced works for the older children. The afternoon will also offer specials including library time, cooking, and special outings.
Students will enjoy all the morning activities together with the Full Day students until their dismissal from the playground before lunch. We encourage the Half Day program for our younger children.
For our younger children that would like a little more social interaction, we offer Lunch Bunch so that they may stay and eat with their friends.
The Montessori Method
In the simplest of terms, the Montessori method can be described as "Follow The Child". Maria Montessori (1870-1952) pioneered a new way to teach children, by allowing them to explore and interact with their surroundings at their own pace with the teacher there to guide them. It continues to be a relevant and modern philosphy.
The Montessori classroom is divided into seven areas:
PRACTICAL LIFE Children learn lessons through real life activities such as spooning, pouring, and food preparation, which also help strengthen and train muscles necessary for writing.
SENSORIAL Children learn visual and tactile discrimination of color, size, and shape. These and other Montessori works are performed left to right, preparing the child for reading.
MATH Children will, after gaining a concrete knowledge of 0-10 have the opportunity to experience mathematical operations, linear counting, and the decimal system. All of this is done tangibly and visually with the Montessori Materials.
LANGUAGE Through pre-reading works, children will increase their vocabulary and visual discrimination. Reading is taught with phonics first in a tactile way with sandpaper letters, where children will learn their sounds using all their senses.
SCIENCE Focusing on the natural sciences, the children will learn about the world around them and the lifecycles of plants and animals.
CULTURE The children will study the seven continents using puzzle maps, globe, and cultural experiences to help them learn about the world and to be global citizens.
ART Children will experiment and create with different mediums to stimulate their imagination.
Please contact the school to schedule a visit!
Click here to dowload the school calendar. There will be field trips generally once a month and will include such things as apple or pumpkin picking, nature hikes, and sugaring. These will be coordinated by email so please remember to check your inbox!
Resources and Articles
Building the Pink Tower An upcoming documentary on Montessori Philosophies.
An introduction to Montessori Method A brief explanation from the American Montessori Society on the Montessori Method.
183 Main Street, Freeport, ME 04032