About Bloom! Montessori
Conveniently Located in Longmont, Colorado
We are conveniently located in walking distance of Longmont’s Historic West Side Neighborhood and Downtown Longmont, near Thompson Park and Central Elementary School. We are less than a mile from Highway 119 and Highway 287.
Certified, Licensed & Registered
Bloom! Montessori® is a member of the American Montessori Society (AMS), which is the largest Montessori organization in the world. We are also members of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA) and licensed by the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) and the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). From the beginning, the name “Montessori” has been in the public domain in the U.S. As a consequence, any school or program can claim to follow the Montessori method without regulations or restrictions. Having untrained individuals professing to teach Montessori is misleading, and it makes it difficult for a parent to be sure of the quality of the school. An individual without formal education in early childhood education, that gets some online “Montessori” training from the “Montessori” franchise where they are employed, is very differently prepared than a Montessori Guide that devoted a year to obtaining a Montessori credential- a year of in-person, post-graduate coursework and a year of supervised student teaching, from a Montessori Accredited Council for Teacher Education (MACTE approved) program. All of our Lead Guides have MACTE approved Montessori credentials for the age that they are teaching. When comparing programs, it is important to verify a teacher has a MACTE approved credential and the school’s affiliation with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) or the American Montessori Society (AMS) to determine whether the school’s program actually uses Montessori methods.
Engages Young Minds
Bloom! Montessori® understands that the first six years of a child’s life are a profoundly formative time; we give these years the respect and recognition they deserve. The Montessori method nurtures your child’s independence, stimulates her intellect, cultivates her love of learning, and protects her natural inquisitiveness and curiosity.
Bloom! Montessori® provides an optimal environment for your young child. Our home-like environment, and small, close-knit community provide a relaxed learning environment and a convivial, familiar atmosphere. Larger schools and child care centers generally have more employees, frequent staff scheduling changes, and regular staff turnover which is not developmentally appropriate for young children who are forced to continually attach and re-attach to new caretakers. At Bloom, our children remain with the same Montessori guide for three year cycles to promote consistency, bonding, and trust. Additionally, our student teacher ratio never exceeds 1:6, ensuring your child gets the individual attention she needs.
To meet the needs of modern families, we provide several options for enrollment. Many schools offer a three or four hour program followed by an after school program which requires children to transition to a separate environment with different caretakers. We eliminate these unnecessary and stressful transitions, maintaining the consistency and integrity of the Montessori experience.
Encourages Parental Involvement
We recognize that parents are a vital part of our community! We offer regular parent education workshops, and maintain a large lending library of Montessori books and publications.
Our lead teacher is a highly experienced Montessori guide who holds an American Montessori Society (AMS) credential for this age group and regularly attends and contributes to Montessori conferences and professional development workshops. In addition to the required college education and Montessori coursework, the AMS certification process requires a year of supervised student teaching at an accredited Montessori school and a year of supervised visitations from an AMS field consultant who observes the guide in the classroom setting.
Safe, Healthy Environment
We provide an environment that is both safe and environmentally sound. At Bloom, we serve children nutritious snacks and filtered water. We use whole grain, organic, minimally processed ingredients whenever possible. Our lawns and playgrounds are never treated with pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Children use primarily wooden, hand-crafted, sustainably produced Montessori materials that are certified to be lead free and produced by a family company that partnered with Maria Montessori herself and has made Montessori materials since 1920. We only employ healthy, non-smoking, professionals who share our philosophy and a passion for early childhood education.
Integrated Suzuki Violin Program
3-6 year old students have the option of participating in our Suzuki Violin Program. Participants take a weekly Suzuki lesson at the school and have the option of practicing, with the help of Bloom! Montessori® staff, during the independent work periods.
For your convenience, a copy of the Application, the Tuition and Fees Agreement, and School Calendar are available from the school or can be downloaded from the Admissions page of this web site. Also check out our blog to see the school in action.
We look forward to working with you in the service of your child!
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