toddler

Ages 18-36 months

The toddler class is a small, close, nurturing community. The environment is beautiful and prepared to meet the needs of our youngest students. They are respected as individuals who are absorbing every experience they encounter. Through this independent exploration, they joyfully discover their place in the world through:

 
  • Practical life skills

  • Sensorial exploration

  • Language development

  • The natural world

  • Fine and gross motor skills

  • Art and Music

 

Maria Montessori said it best:
“The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one’s self. Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

primary

AGES 3-6 years

Our Primary classrooms are carefully designed for children to learn by doing. Each classroom is a calm, structured space designed to meet a child's developmental needs. Here, a child experiences a blend of freedom and discipline in a space especially designed for his or her optimal development.

The most important function of the Primary program is to provide children with a solid foundation on which to build all future educational endeavors. For Montessori, this foundation includes:

 
  • a positive attitude towards school
  • a sense of order
  • abiding curiosity
  • self-initiative and persistence
  • the ability to concentrate
  • self-discipline
  • a sense of responsibility
 

Coupled with the more concrete skills of math and reading, these intangibles form a foundation that not only enables a student to acquire more advanced knowledge and skills, but also creates within the child a lifelong love of learning.  

At Montessori School of Franklin, we believe that the exposure to a variety of different activities helps to strengthen your child’s love for learning.  In addition to the core Montessori foundation, your child will also partake in Music, Spanish, and gardening. The children greatly look forward to these activities and it allows us to provide classroom community time that is structured and purposeful. 

kindergarten enrichment

AGES 5-6 YEARS

The Montessori Method places imperative importance on multi age classrooms. Your 5 or 6 year old (kindergarten age) child is now at the head of his class and greatly enjoys using his experience to teach those younger than him. 

Additionally, our Kindergarten Enrichment Program provides extra exposure to Music, Spanish, and Tae Kwon Do (year round). The Kindergarteners also get to join in the bi-annual school plays that are a treasured part of Montessori School of Franklin, as well as participating in various field trips throughout the year.

elementary

AGES 6-12 YEARS

The Montessori elementary curriculum continues to integrate history, geography, mathematics, science, language, literature, arts and music; however, students are now ready to move from concrete to more abstract concepts within each subject. As the children make connections to the subject matter, they naturally seek out additional learning opportunities and are motivated to explore ancillary concepts. By design, the Montessori Method takes full advantage of this curiosity, helping them to seek answers to concepts that interest them, expand their understanding and apply this newfound knowledge in a meaningful manner.

Additionally, the program focuses on critical thinking, problem solving and cooperative learning skills through individual and small group instruction. Materials and presentations are designed to stimulate the imagination while developing the mastery of essential skills. 

As a part of Montessori School of Franklin’s elementary program, students also receive Spanish, Music & Drama, Art, Cooking, STEM, Physical Education, and Tae Kwon Do (year round), as well as participating in various field trips throughout the year. The outdoors are a valued part of the Montessori philosophy; as such and weather permitting, the Elementary class enjoys their lunch on picnic tables located directly outside their classroom.

enrichment opportunities

For all ages

Taekwondo - MPact Sports

One of the core philosophical ideals of Maria Montessori was her understanding of a child's need to move in order to perfect their coordination, master their large and gross motor skills, and fully develop their intellect. Considerable research confirms the correlation between purposeful movement and brain development. As such, Montessori School of Franklin places high value on our physical education programs. 

Both our Elementary and Kindergarten students enjoy weekly Tae Kwon Do. Mr. Eric, of Mpact Sports, teaches our children this amazing discipline and he is a favorite amongst our students. Mr. Eric is a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do as well as a former world champion kick boxer. We feel very fortunate to have him!

Spanish

Spanish has been an important part of our curriculum for many years. All Montessori certified teachers are trained to teach different languages within their classroom. Exposure to other cultures is an important part of the Montessori philosophy and what better way to achieve understanding than through language!

All our classes enjoy singing songs in Spanish and learning about Spanish culture. Classes receive a special lesson each week from Eny Moore or Patricia Verastegui. The goal of our Spanish program is for the children to have fun while learning a different language, immerse students in the language so they can have a deeper understanding (often achieved through songs and materials), and to create an understanding and respect for the diverse cultures of Spain and Latin America.

Art

We are thrilled to have Holly Kenitzer as our Art enrichment teacher. she has been an art teacher at New Song Academy in Brentwood for 16 years and works amazingly well with children.  She is a practicing artist herself and focuses on meeting each child's needs by providing guided instruction, exciting materials and interesting artistic concepts.  Our students look forward to each time Ms. Holly comes to school and their beautiful creations line our hallways! Montessori philosophy strongly encourages diverse learning environments and we are thrilled to have art as a regular part of our curriculum.

 

cultural curriculum

FOR ALL AGES

At Montessori School of Franklin, we believe in teaching children that peace on earth comes from within. Our students are encouraged to understand and love people for their differences, accept every culture as unique and important, and behave respectfully and kindly toward themselves and others.

By reading, partaking in cultural celebrations, learning different songs, and story-telling, our children are able to understand differences and similarities as part of a larger community of people. These experiences early in life will be carried with them to adulthood and form a solid foundation of respect for all humanity.

As said by Dr. Maria Montessori (To Educate the Human Potential): “Let us give the child a vision of the whole universe…for all things are a part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”

natural work & play areas

FOR ALL AGES

At Montessori School of Franklin, the earth’s natural outdoor environment is an important part of the children’s regular day. As said by Dr. Montessori:

“The child is initiated into foresight by way of auto-education; when he knows that the life of the plants that have been sown depends upon his care in watering them, and that of the animals, upon his diligence in feeding them, without which the little plant dries up and the animal suffers hunger, the child becomes vigilant, as one who is beginning to feel a mission in life.”

In order to foster this sense of self-vigilance, MSF has created several outdoor spaces unique in the Williamson County area. We have a sustainable garden which allows the children to care for and grow plants as well as compost daily and learn the importance of reusing materials. They partake in every process of the plants growth allowing them to be observant of nature and feel confident in their ability to positively impact their environment. The classrooms coincide with lessons about recycling, reuse, pollution and ways to improve our natural environment. Plus, MSF families get to enjoy the fruits of our garden!

MSF has the only natural playground in Williamson County with a fruit orchard, wooden play materials, a riverbed, and an enormous slide! We believe in making as little impact as possible on our natural environment and therefore use public parks and facilities to further our children’s cultural learning experience. The school also hatches chickens in the Spring to aid in the children’s understanding of the life cycle.

Dr. Montessori’s study of children included observing the effects of nature on their development. She felt strongly about the need for purposeful outdoor activities and we have listened to her calling and used the materials at hand to create purposeful and beautiful outdoor environments.

 

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 Summer Program

Montessori School of Franklin offers an eight-week summer program for current, returning, and new students. Children can participate in a program that maintains the elements of a traditional Montessori atmosphere and experience enrichment activities such as music and movement, Spanish lessons, Tae Kwon Do, yoga, cooking, and art. We also have "water Fridays" where children get to be outside and get wet. The overall mood of the summer program is more relaxed, and all children are encouraged to join in the fun.

In the hope of making our program available to as many children as possible, our enrollment schedule is very flexible. Students can be enrolled in any combination of one-week sessions (as long as they are 2 1/2 years of age before starting). Enrollment is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

MSF's 3 years- 6th grade summer programs are very popular this year-
please call the office at 615-794-0567 for program information and availability. 

Program descriptions:
Elementary program
Primary program


 

2018 Summer Session dates:

Session 1: May 29- June 1   *tuition will be prorated for the 4 day wee

Session 2: June 4-8

Session 3: June 11-15

Session 4: June 18-22

Session 5: June 25-29

Closed for Holiday week of July 2-6

Session 6: July 9-13

Session 7: July 16-20

Session 8: July 23-27