Guidepost Montessori at Broadlands

We pride ourselves on being a warm, nurturing environment; a home away from home not just your child, but your entire family. Guidepost Montessori at Broadlands serve families with toddlers through elementary-aged children.

Guidepost Montessori at Broadlands is a dually-accredited, authentic Montessori school, offering high-quality programs for children ages 16 months through the 6th grade. Set in the Broadlands neighborhood in Ashburn and located off of Waxpool Road, we are just minutes from the Dulles Greenway. We offer a year-round program taught by trained and certified teachers. Discover the lifelong benefits that a Guidepost Montessori education can provide. Schedule a tour, visit our beautiful school, and learn more.

Mission: Our intimate school community is dedicated to the principles of authentic, high-quality Montessori education. In our Montessori programs, we are proud to employ a constructivist educational method that speaks to both the heart and mind of a child. Guidepost Montessori at Broadlands is a growing community in a thriving neighborhood in Loudon County, Virginia. We serve families with toddlers through elementary-aged children, and we welcome your family to join our community. The Montessori method of education offers a knowledge-rich environment, through a child-led model. Children learn joyfully, through working with carefully-sequenced, hands-on materials. Your child’s enthusiastic exploration naturally leads to a solid foundation and advanced academics. We believe that an important part of our role is to serve as a support system for your family. We try to be here when you need us, with late pick-up hours and minimal school closures. And because the Montessori approach works best when manifested in a community of like minds, we hold regular campus events and get-togethers.

What is it like to have a Montessori child?

Spaces are available now for Toddler and Children's House! Schedule your tour today to learn more.
703-723-3364

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Elementary Science Fair 2020! High fives to all our students for their research and presentations. Is there iron in your cereal? How does the diameter of a wire coil affect the amount of electricity? Is there a way for a balloon to withstand the heat of a candle? They were so proud to share their experiments, hypotheses and conclusions.

What is your discipline style?

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"All By Myself!" In our Toddler classrooms, tables, chairs, toilets, and sinks are just the right size and easily accessible to them. Materials and utensils are sized to a child’s hand and ability, and art and mirrors are hung at child’s height. Children use the dressing frames, which teach them to open and close velcro, buttons, snaps, zippers, and more.⁣

They will polish mirrors or shoes, water plants, or wash real dishes and cloths used in the classroom. They will learn to wipe their own nose and brush their own hair, establishing foundational habits of self-care. They'll practice arranging flowers in a small vase, and placing them in a spot in the classroom so that they will add to the beauty of the community.⁣

Explore: https://guidepo.st/toddler

The Children's House, a classroom for 3-6 year-olds, is the first program where your child will experience the tremendous benefits of the full three-year age range.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/explorechildrenshouse

Young children love to imitate their older peers, and children who have been in the Children's House for one or two years are an excellent example for younger children. The younger children see the advanced work of the older children and look forward to doing that work themselves. They also see the work ethic and the helpful actions of the older children and emulate these as well. The culture of respect and learning is immersive, exhilarating, and greatly accelerating for each child’s learning.

For the older children, it is an opportunity to practice real leadership, in whatever way their particular personality tends towards. Some children love to help the younger children, zipping a jacket, pouring a glass of water, or comforting an upset child. Others take great pride in showing younger children how to do certain activities or inviting them to watch their work. Still, others offer their help with classroom tasks such as keeping the room clean or scrub tables and chairs so that everyone can enjoy the classroom.

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Why Montessori? And what makes Guidepost unique | Guidepost Montessori

From academic readiness – including language, math, sensorial, cultural, and practical life advancement – to developing strong and meaningful social skills, Montessori provides children with a foundation on which to thrive.

https://guidepo.st/whyus

guidepostmontessori.com Guidepost Montessori offers your child an exceptionally personalized learning experience, meeting your child where they are, and guiding them to where they want to be.

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Why choose Montessori elementary? | Guidepost Montessori

Montessori elementary offers:

👪 Socialization with peers
✔️ Responsibility in their own learning
🤲 Hands-on materials

4-minute read: https://guidepo.st/whyelementary

If you're interested in joining our Elementary program for the 2020-2021 School Year, now is the time to tour! Throughout the Spring we offer our visitation days for students as the first step in the application process. Call 703-723-3364 to learn more!

guidepostmontessori.com Older students crave collaborative work and larger responsibility in their own learning, and these needs are met in an elementary Guidepost Montessori classroom.

One of the most exciting things about working with little ones is watching them begin to interact, play, and socialize with their peers. To learn, children imitate the adults around them, establishing patterns of social behavior that will stay with them throughout their lifetimes. Because children move freely in their Montessori classroom, they have lots of opportunities to interact with other children.⁣

Our Montessori guides help children learn positive social interaction through specific lessons in “grace and courtesy.” Rather than constantly correcting your child’s behavior from a negative perspective, children are instead shown what to do in each situation. Courteous interactions are modeled, capitalizing on the toddler's delight in imitation. Lessons in grace and courtesy help little ones to navigate the world with confidence and consideration for others.⁣

Read more on Grace and Courtesy at home and in classrooms here: https://guidepo.st/excuseme

We love partnering with local businesses and friends within our school community. Thank you to Lux Dental Center for spending time with our students today for Dental Awareness Month.

Aaand here we are on our second stop of the Lux Dental Center School Tour for National Children’s Dental Health month! 👩🏻‍⚕️🦷This morning, we got to hang out with 150 students at Guidepost Montessori at Broadlands, and we had such a blast doing a bunch of flossing and brushing activities with them! Thank you so much for all the fun, guys! 🥳

Dr. Maria Montessori regarded the imagination as a kind of a superpower during the elementary years. The ability to imagine allows the child to conceptualize things and ideas he has never seen — from microscopic cells to ancient civilizations. ⁣

In Children’s House, the absorbent minds of the children gather images from the work they do in the sensorial area and from experiences at home and in the world. “Imagination can only have a sensory base,” Montessori wrote in “The Advanced Montessori Method: Volume I.” “The sensory education that prepares for the accurate perception of all the differential details in the qualities of things is, therefore, the foundation of the observation of things and of phenomena, which present themselves to our senses; and with this, it helps us to collect from the external world the material for the imagination.” ⁣

As children get older, their minds take those impressions and images and categorize them as related, unrelated, similar, opposite, etc. In elementary, children can analyze, compare, contrast, determine relationships, identify patterns, and recombine those concepts and images into novel ideas using their imaginations and intellects. ⁣

This is why storytelling is such a powerful technique for Montessori elementary guides and parents alike to engage children and share information. Children in Montessori are not expected to learn through memorization, but by striking and engaging their imaginations. The Great Stories are retold each year of elementary to orient the children to the vast areas of inquiry. Beyond that, storytelling is incorporated into many lessons, as well as told separately. ⁣

You can learn more about our Children's House and Elementary programs on our website: www.guidepostmontessori.com

There are five main areas of the Montessori classroom: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Cultural Studies. Math and language make sense, but what's "Sensorial" all about? Let's take a deeper look at what children can learn in this particular area of the classroom and how you can relate some of the same principles to life outside the classroom.

All of the activities you'll find in the Sensorial area help a child train one of their five senses: touch, sight, smell, taste, or hearing. Anyone who has observed a young child putting just about everything in their mouths understands how much children learn through their senses!

Let's look at each sense individually and examine how the Sensorial materials help children explore their world.

Touch: There's an activity called the Fabric Boxes in Sensorial that epitomizes the development of the sense of touch. The box contains squares of fabrics of different weaves or fibers. The child has to find the matching pair, typically with a blindfold on! By carefully rubbing a piece of wool between two fingers, for example, then feeling a piece of cotton, the child is honing their sense of touch without the added distraction of sight. At home, place many different fabrics in your child's environment. Speak about how soft or how prickly some fabrics are, and encourage feeling a fabric between thumb and pointer finger!

Sight: You'll often hear teachers speak about a child developing visual discrimination, and the Sensorial materials help to do just that. Take the Pink Tower for example. It's a relatively simple set of building blocks, but while building, children learn to visually discriminate the dimensions of one block as compared to another. When built correctly, the tower ranges from the largest block at 10cm cubed to the smallest, only 1cm cubed. At home, help your child learn visual discrimination by making simple "smaller" or "larger" comparisons.

Smell: The olfactory sense, or sense of smell, is delightful to explore with children. Smells are associated with memory, like fresh-baked cookies or fall leaves, and other smells, like the smell of a skunk or bleach, alert us to danger. In the Sensorial area, you'll find Smelling Bottles that act much the same as the Fabric or Sound Boxes. There are two sets of jars with cotton balls moistened with a certain scent, and the child's job is to find the matching scent pair. At home, you can explore scent in the kitchen by isolating spices in small dishes and smelling them, or perhaps even setting up your own matching game. Make observations about scents outdoors as well, "Do you smell that lilac bush? Wow, so pungent!"

Taste: This might seem like a difficult sense to explore in the classroom, but the Sensorial area includes Tasting Jars with flavors like salty, sweet, bitter and sour. Teacher and student taste the flavors by dropping a few drops onto a clean spoon. Once again, they attempt to match flavors from two identical sets of bottles! In most of these Sensorial activities you'll notice that only one sense is developed at a time. This is called "isolation of difficulty". It allows a child to practice one new skill at a time without distraction or confusion. At home, try isolating flavors and making a game out of tasting. For example, mix a little lemon juice and water to taste, or salt and water, or sugar and water! See what you like best.

Hearing: A fun activity for children that hones hearing is the Sound Boxes. Like the Fabric Boxes, this is a matching activity. There are two sets of tubes, some marked red and some marked blue, that contain identical filler materials like sand or rocks. The child needs to shake one red tube, then find the matching sound in the set of blue tubes! The small distinction in sounds when shaken is quite hard to hear, but children soon master this activity and delight in their ability to match the tubes! At home, set up a similar activity using plastic easter eggs, or even up-cycled water bottles. Make a blindfold so your child can't see what's inside the bottles!

The Sensorial area of the classroom is literally a feast for the senses. No matter what type of educational setting your child is currently enrolled in, remember there are plenty of ways you can encourage exploration of the world through the senses at home! Get creative, and follow your child's interests.

Many families experience tough afternoons after a long day at school. Children need to decompress after their day just like us! But when a parent picks up their child or sees him after a workday, it's instinctive to ask 20 questions: “How was your day? What did you do? Did you talk to any friends? What were their names? What work did you choose? etc... Consider these rules of engagement instead:⁣

1. Acknowledge. Just like it’s expected for us to feel tired after work, it’s expected for our children to feel tired after school. If he starts whining in the car ride home, kindly help your child identify with, “You worked hard today, and you were around a lot of people. It’s okay if you feel you need to rest right now."

2. Be available. Afternoon pickups might be a big new shift in your routine, and if there is going to be a crash in the form of a tantrum, it will likely happen as you pull into your driveway. Instead of rushing to get your kids in the house, be present for your child's transition from school to home.

3. Don’t expect connection, model it. If we want our children to be open with us about their days, then we need to be open about our days, too. On your car ride home, share what you did today, and further normalize this by sharing more at dinner. This shift can be seen as much more respectful. It sends the message that, "I am not entitled to my child telling me things just because I’m the adult."

4. Release the expectation for them to always be on. We expect a lot of our children, sometimes unfairly in these early years. But if we don’t always feel like moving quickly in the morning or cleaning the house at the end of each work day, why should we expect our children to always be on it in similar ways?

If you're looking for a full day program for your child, our school operates until 6 pm each evening. Our Extended Day team does fun activities with the children every day. They recently introduced cooking and our Children's House students have made cheese puffs and even pizza, while our Toddler's have made chocolate milk!

The pride the children have after successfully making their own food (and then eating it!) is what Montessori is all about.

One of the most exciting things about working with little ones is watching them begin to interact, play, and socialize with their peers. To learn, children imitate the adults around them, establishing patterns of social behavior that will stay with them throughout their lifetimes. Because children move freely in their Montessori classroom, they have lots of opportunities to interact with other children.⁣

Our Montessori guides help children learn positive social interaction through specific lessons in “grace and courtesy.” Rather than constantly correcting your child’s behavior from a negative perspective, children are instead shown what to do in each situation. Courteous interactions are modeled, capitalizing on the toddler's delight in imitation. Lessons in grace and courtesy help little ones to navigate the world with confidence and consideration for others.⁣

Read more on Grace and Courtesy at home and in classrooms here: https://guidepo.st/excuseme

"Of all things love is the most potent" -Maria Montessori

We've been incorporating more crafts into our Toddler Afterschool program and the children made hearts for their parents this last week. Look at that focused concentration!

Happy Valentine's Day from our community to yours!

[02/13/20]   "A child in his earliest years, when he is only two or a little more, is capable of tremendous achievements simply through his unconscious power of absorption, though he is himself still immobile. After the age of three he is able to acquire a great number of concepts through his own efforts in exploring his surroundings. In this period he lays hold of things through his own activity and assimilates them into his mind."

— Maria Montessori, "The Discovery of the Child"

Did you know that Guidepost Montessori at Broadlands is a dually-accredited, authentic Montessori school, offering high-quality programs for children ages 16 months through the 6th grade? In addition to our AMS accreditation we also hold accreditation with Cognia, NCPSA (National Council for Private School Accreditation) and VCPE (Virginia Council for Private Education).

Read more about our Montessori Accreditation here:
https://amshq.org/Families/Find-A-School/45387

We offer a year-round program taught by trained and certified teachers. Discover the lifelong benefits that a Guidepost Montessori education can provide. Schedule a tour, visit our beautiful school, and learn more. https://guidepostmontessori.com/broadlands/campustours

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Why 'Guide' not 'Teacher'? | Guidepost Montessori

Why 'Guide' not 'Teacher'? 🤔

3-minute read: http://bit.ly/2FlwiT4

guidepostmontessori.com Montessori educators use a lot of specific language. It can seem like you're learning an entirely new dialect when taking a tour of a classroom for the first time!

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Guidepost Montessori at Broadlands is a dually-accredited, authentic Montessori school, offering high-quality programs for children ages 16 months through the 6th grade. Set in the Broadlands neighborhood in Ashburn and located off of Waxpool Road, we are just minutes from the Dulles Greenway. We offer a year-round program taught by trained and certified teachers. Discover the lifelong benefits that a Guidepost Montessori education can provide. Schedule a tour, visit our beautiful school, and learn more.

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