Our Mission

To foster an atmosphere of academic excellence and a love of life.  To nurture the curiosity, creativity, and imagination born within us all.  To provide our children a vision of the universe and awaken their human spirit.

Why Pincushion?

The rich heritage of Pincushion has been serving families for 55 years. Our heritage is supported by many ethnic cultures since its beginnings. We teach peacemaking and leadership skills to our students. Children practice and learn how to communicate clearly with kindness and respect. Children learn skills to develop conflict resolutions so that they may build strong friendships. Children learn about the great peacemakers of the world and how they can be a part of this climate. Children are encouraged to give back to their community through service to others.

We Pride Ourselves On:

  • Studying and celebrating cultures
  • Acceptance of differences and similarities

 

Second Language

  • Students study Spanish as a hands-on language instruction

Why does the Montessori Method Work?

The Montessori method works because it is based on observing the activities of each child within a well-defined learning environment. Within the Montessori environment, children engage in activities of their choice during the work cycle. A trained adult observes and assists as appropriate. It is the child’s self-directed and purposeful activity that leads to greater independence, concentration, and rapid personal growth.

Success in a Montessori program is determined by the understanding and implementation of the following principles:

 

Four Planes Of Development

  • Birth to Six (The “Absorbent Mind” – the Unconscious Learner)
  • Six to Twelve (The “Reasoning Mind” – the Conscious Learner)
  • Twelve to Eighteen (Adolescence – the Social Learner)
  • Eighteen to Twenty Four (Maturity – the Social Contributor)

 

Human Tendencies

The activities that have been developed in Montessori classrooms over the past one hundred years are based on observable human tendencies toward certain behavior. Humans have natural, observable patterns or behavior or tendencies. The unique human characteristics that are tendencies of children:

  • Activity
  • Becoming
  • Belonging
  • Exploration
  • Orientation
  • Order
  • Communication
  • Imagination
  • Exactness
  • Repetition
  • Perfection

Pedagogical or Teaching and Learning Principles

Pedagogy means the activities of educating, teaching, or instructing activities that impart knowledge and skill. Some of the Montessori pedagogical principles are:

  • Teachers as the line between the child and the environment
  • Freedom of choice and development of responsibility
  • Auto-education or self-construction
  • Concrete to abstract learning through the classroom materials
  • The working of the hand and the mind
  • Observation of the child at work
  • Repetition through a variety of materials

 

The prepared environment

The prepared environment in the Montessori classroom involves three basic elements: physical, order, and human. These basic elements provide both clear structure and expectations for the children – a structure that helps create a lifetime love of learning.