At Sonnet Montessori we are dedicated to the Montessori philosophy, the care and the education of children. Our Montessori program and child care center fosters individual growth and independence. The teaching staff provide personal attention, helping each child to progress at his/her own rate.
Sonnet began in Prior Lake in 2006 with the mission of children through the Montessori philosophy and providing a safe and nurturing environment, after our founder couldn’t find quality care and education in traditional child care centers and programs offered in the South Metro. Most of our students come through referrals by Sonnet alumni or current families who have been delighted with the academic level their children achieve when they graduate from Sonnet. From the beginning we worked closely with the local schools, principals and superintendents to prepare our children for a smooth transition into public and parochial environments beyond Kindergarten.
While at Sonnet, the children learn to respect each other, their environment and begin to understand the importance of peace. Below are our goals and how we strive to achieve them.
STIMULATING THE CHILD'S CURIOSITY.
Our classrooms are bright, warm and inviting, filled with intriguing learning materials; fossils, mathematical models, puzzles, etc. The work is attractively displayed on low open shelves, each week we change some activities to fit the ever changing needs of the class.
CREATING A PEACEFUL WORLD BY CREATING A PEACEFUL CLASSROOM
Children normally find it difficult to tell us and each other how they feel. The peace table plays an important part in our classroom; two children having a disagreement will normally decide to retreat to the peace table to discuss and solve their problem.
Teaching peace involves finding a way to appreciate our differences and work together more effectively than ever
BUILDING CONFIDENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY.
We encourage the elder children to develop an awareness of the needs of the younger children. They are the role models for the younger ones and will often show them how to do the work.
DEVELOPING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY.
Learning how to work and play together with others in a peaceful and caring community is perhaps the most important life skill that we can impart to our children. The school is like an extended family, where the children learn to take care of themselves and each other.
FOSTERING LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, AND RESPECT
Everyday kindness and courtesy are vital practical life skills. Even the youngest child is treated by their classmates with dignity and respect.
NURTURING INDIVIDUAL GROWTH AND INDEPENDENCE.
We recognize that our role as teachers is not so much to teach as help the children how to learn independently. We try to ask the right questions to challenge them to find the answers for themselves.