What to Look for When Choosing a St. Charles Preschool?

October 8, 2019

what to look for when choosing a st charles preschool

Preschool enrollment, as a first-time parent, is met with confusion and debate, especially with so many available options. Finding an establishment and teachers who believe in nurturing children in mind, body, and spirit to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle can be difficult. At Mansio Montessori, we’ve been committed to these principles, investing in the St. Charles community and families since 1981. Our program values the individual learning style and pace of each child. For parents who prioritize the same principles, we invite you to learn more about our approach and available programs.

You May Already Know Us

Mansio Montessori isn’t new to the world of preschool education or the culture of St. Charles. The founder of our program, Maria Montessori, began formulating her methods of early education in 1906 across the Atlantic Ocean in her home country of Italy. After finding her methods to be successful in both teaching and nurturing children, her program became popular in Italy and eventually inspired the development of thousands of schools around the world. Seventy-five years later we began caring for the preschoolers of St. Charles, and we’re dedicated to continually providing children with an education that encourages both social and academic excellence.

What Sets the Montessori Method Apart

The methods we implement at Mansio are unique and deeply contrast those of the traditional schooling system. Especially early on in a child’s education, we recognize the importance of identifying each child’s strengths and weaknesses, and we develop individualized plans and experiences based on them. To do so, we tailor the education to each student and focus on a child-centered learning environment as opposed to a teacher-centered and curriculum-paced one. Within our multi-age classrooms, we believe there are unique learning opportunities to be found through socialization and children teaching other children in hands-on, play-focused education. If you want to delve deeper into the philosophies behind our program, you can read more about us in this article from our website.

Feeding Mind and Body

In our mission to encourage children to be healthy and create good, lasting habits, we also prioritize mealtime as a learning experience as well. Our organic lunches are supplied by a catering company that sources from local businesses and purveyors of the St. Charles area, so your preschoolers are taking in wholesome foods free of artificial hormones and preservatives. Meals are served family-style, so each child has opportunities to practice independence, as well as table-setting practices and basic manners and politeness principles. A healthy body encourages a healthy mind, and we take that very seriously in the Montessori preschool program.

We desire to inspire a passion for learning within each child they can carry with them as they grow and mature throughout their academic careers. The preschool ages are a prime time to begin formulating habits they can carry with them into healthy, balanced adulthood. Graduates from our program learn lessons not only in reading and math but also in development and maturation promoting self-regulation and social consciousness. We want to be different than traditional schooling in that we invest in children beyond their ability to fill in bubbles to pass standardized tests. For those who are interested in enrolling their preschoolers in Mansio Montessori of St. Charles, visit our website to learn more about us and schedule a visit to see our facility firsthand.