Pincushion has provided an exemplary education for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary-age (grades 1-6) children in Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Natick and the surrounding communities since 1962. The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over a century ago, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child – physical, social, emotional and cognitive. Her basic principle was to “follow the child”.
Montessori is the perfect place to send your child if you are looking to inspire him or her to develop a lifelong love of learning. Children in their pre-school and kindergarten years (2.9 to 6) begin in the Children’s House. At these ages, Dr. Montessori believed that children have “an absorbent mind” meaning that they are able to effortlessly absorb everything in their environment. It is a mixed age classroom that provides individual and group lessons and activities. Children learn from one another – this can be seen in family and play situations where children are free to observe and interact in a variety of activities. The children learn high levels of cognitive and social skills not only through mental development, but also by observing others as models. The many categories are Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Sciences (a gardening program), Makerspace (STEM), Geography, History, Art, Music, Spanish, Meditation, and many life skills.
Montessori Elementary classrooms are fundamentally different from traditional classrooms. Montessori Elementary is a program that grows out of respect for the mind of a rapidly developing child. The Elementary age child strives for intellectual independence. This is a time of insatiable curiosity and excitement for learning.
Children in the 6-12years of age or in grades 1-6 are beginning to realize that the world is a fascinating place. The children are presented and study continents, cultures, scientific concepts and great literature.
An Elementary curriculum carefully guides the child through researching interesting concepts in many fields of study. The areas of exploration and study are Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language Development, Sciences, Botany (a gardening program ), Zoology, Geography, History, Makerspace (STEM), Art, Music, Spanish, Meditation, Physical Education (a health program), and many life skills.
Children in the Elementary classroom begin to keep a record of their work. Often times this takes the form of a journal, a work plan, or chart. Keeping track of their own work helps to encourage good work choices and allows the teacher to see which presentations have been complete and what lessons are still needed with weekly student and teacher meetings to plan.
Dr. Maria Montessori summarized the Elementary or 6-12 classroom:
“The Elementary child has reached a new level of development. Before they were interested in things: working with their hands, learning their names. Now they are interested in mainly in the how and why…the problem of cause and effect. It is now the job of the Elementary teacher to provide the child with the materials and information to discover the interconnectedness of the universe.
Pincushion Hill Montessori School is a warm community: a multi-age, stimulating environment with trained teachers and materials that invite exploration, research, and fun. Children learn how to work with challenges with confidence and begin to find their own place in the world.
We offer general music classes as well as private lessons and after school enrichment.