Preschool in Chicago, IL 60609
3575 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60609
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Educational excellence, unwavering dedication and outstanding child care. Those are the values that Archer Ave. Learning Station stands for.
Archer Ave. Learning Center has revolutionized childcare on the near southwest side of Chicago by offering a Montessori based curriculum in addition to offering child care programs. We opened in October 2009 to serve the community with a belief that a good quality Montessori education should be attainable for all children and not just the wealthy few. Afterall, Maria Montessori started her revolution among Italy’s poorer children, so it makes sense that her method is effective without the head start of affluence. We serve infants, preschool and kindergarten students. Our Montessori programs and childcare programs are headed by Montessori Certified Teachers, early and childhood specialists and our childcare programs are Illinois State Licensed.
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The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. It is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. It succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child. Its flexibility provides a matrix within which each individual child’s inner directives freely guide the child toward wholesome growth.
Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work. The children’s innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline. Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities.
Dr. Montessori was a prominent thinker of her time. Nominated for three Nobel Peace Prizes, her American supporters during the time included John Dewey and Thomas Edison. There are many famous Montessori graduates including but not limited to Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Prince William and Prince Harry, Julia Child, Anne Frank, Larry Page and Sergey Brin – founders of Google, Jeff Bezos – founder of Amazon and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.