One of the oldest Montessori schools in Indianapolis and a full member of the American Montessori Society (AMS), A Children’s Habitat is rooted in the Montessori philosophy of concern for the whole child. Since its inception in 1972, this non-profit, parent-run Montessori environment has offered a unique curriculum and unparalleled experience— where teachers and families join together to create a passionate community that fuels and guides the school.
Here, families seeking a half-day preschool or kindergarten program, or a full-day elementary program, benefit from AMS-certified lead teachers who actively pursue ongoing professional development. In addition, our elementary teacher is also licensed by the state of Indiana for grades K–6. Together, these features inspire a rich, engaging habitat that fosters growth, community, and learning on an exceptional level.
AN OUTDOOR HABITAT THAT INSPIRES
Last year, we introduced donors to our plans for an outdoor classroom space—asking for their help to realize our vision. After years of internal planning, gracious help and generosity from supporters like you, and a summer of dedication and hard work from our incredible school community, we invited all our students and their families into the new outdoor classroom to begin the 2015-2016 school year. While we still have plenty of work ahead, Phase I of our outdoor space is complete and the children could not be more excited!
Maria Montessori believed that the outdoors is a natural extension of the classroom and that there should be harmony between the indoor and outdoor learning environments. The outdoors is the ideal sensorial experience. A child discovers the world through his senses in the most holistic way. Beyond the organic development through seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling, and tasting in the great outdoors, nature brings ripe lessons in botany, zoology, and STEM in the most basic, pure ways.
SUPPORTING OUR GREATEST ASSETS
While our efforts always remain child-centered, we intrinsically believe that we cannot fully do so without also supporting and nurturing our incredible, talented, and dedicated staff. With the help of our donors, A Children’s Habitat is extremely excited to support the continued education of our teachers this year by sending them to to the 2016 American Montessori Society Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Montessori has always offered an education for life, giving a child a strong foundation on which to build an authentic self and a robust community in which to discover an individual voice. Here, our teachers are able to discuss and reflect on the fundamental principles, values, and perspectives at the heart of Montessori while connecting and learning from other Montessorians across the nation.