- The Nest (6 Weeks through 18 Months) -- A Montessori infant
room is called the Nest, and its teachers are called "Assistants to
Infancy" as the main goal is to help bring out the natural abilities that
these children have. There will be a maximum of eight children with
a lead directress and an assistant. As with our other directresses,
both have a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a field
related to education. A Montessori infant room houses an area for
gross motor skills, such as bars for pulling themselves up and steps to
practice climbing. Students sit at chairs and tables while eating,
instead of highchairs, to develop the muscles and manners that they
need for properly sitting at the table. Students in this classroom will
begin working on toileting skills and self-help skills such as washing
their hands. The goal of this classroom is to meet the infant’s needs,
foster independence, psychomotor development, language
acquisition, and provide the first structured social interactions.
- The Young Children’s Classroom (18 months through 3 years) --
The Young Children’s classroom can house up to twelve students
with two directresses, one lead and an assistant. The classroom is
defined into three distinct spaces. A movement area is a place for
students to refine both gross motor movements and their fine motor
skills. The practical life area is where the children are learning to
prepare and serve snack, care for plants and animals, wash dishes,
wash hands, and other activities that are important in the care of
themselves. The final area is the language area, where children are
exploring both the written and oral word through a variety of
activities using small objects to name, books, language cards, art, and
music expression. Children in this classroom will also be working
hard to master toileting skills as well as other activities important to
the care of themselves such as dressing themselves. The students’
coordination, independence, language, and socializations are being
further cultivated in this classroom.
- Children’s House (3 through 6 years old) --The Children’s House
can host up to twenty-two students with two directresses/directors.
Children will be working on concentration (following a cycle of
activity, or completing a task from beginning to end), self-discipline,
and developing their will (as Dr. Montessori defines it, the intelligent
direction of movement). Our classrooms are divided into five main
areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural
Studies. A comprehensive description of these areas can be found
on the Curriculum Page.
Jane’s Montessori Academy was named in honor of Jane Wolfe
Chabria, who in 1965 opened the first Montessori school in Columbus,
Ohio. Opened under the name “Early Learning Center,” the academy was
built specifically to use the Montessori method of education.
Sadly, Mrs. Chabria passed away in November, 2004. Jai Chabria,
Mrs. Chabria's nephew and his wife, Tammy Chabria, have reopened the
academy under its new name, to honor the memory of this great pioneer in
The academy keeps Jane Chabria's wishes alive. Jane's Montessori
Academy adheres to the Montessori method of learning. It also
incorporates love and respect for nature and the environment; something
she greatly valued.
Students enrolled in the academy are treated as individuals, each
learning at his or her own pace and each fulfilling the fullest potential
possible. Each head teacher has a bachelor’s degree, in addition to being
trained in the Montessori method. Each assistant teacher has earned a
bachelor’s degree in education or a related field, and has trained under a
Montessori teacher. Morning and afternoon sessions are offered, and
while we are an academic institution rather than a daycare, before and
after school care is also available. School uniforms are required, as they
encourage a community based environment.
Family involvement is a key element of any child's education. As
such, we strive to have constant communication with families. Daily
reports are sent home with students so parents are aware of their child's
activities. Additionally, detailed quarterly progress reports are sent home
and quarterly parent-teacher conferences are scheduled so families can
better understand how their child is progressing academically and socially.
Our Mission Statement
We are committed to guiding each child in our charge to reach his or
her highest potential by providing all the materials, a working environment,
and high quality trained faculty to facilitate learning. We believe that the
habits children learn at this time will help them be successful throughout
Jane's Montessori Academy is centrally located just off of 315 in a
safe residential neighborhood, just minutes from Upper Arlington, Hilliard,
OSU, Dublin, Worthington, Clintonville, and NW Columbus.
Our Commitment to Preserving the Environment
We will strive to use reuse products and recycled material products as
much as possible.
We are a member of Co-Op America’s Fair Trade Alliance, a commitment
we have made to use products that ensure that farmers and artisans
throughout the developing world receive a fair price for their products, that
communities are healthy, and the environment is preserved.
We will use healthy methods to clean and keep a germ-free environment
inside the school, using products that do not harm your child’s health or
the environment, but still ensure high cleanliness.
We will conserve energy both inside the building and outside, in order to
keep our dependence on fossil fuels to a minimum, and our carbon
emissions at as low of a rate as possible.
We will use locally grown produce and products where possible, to
support our local farmers and to reduce the environmental strains that
We will recycle or reuse all materials that we can.
We will make available materials to educate to our families about things
that they can do to tread lighter on the environment.
Most important, we will have available the materials necessary for your
child to learn to love and respect for the natural world in which we live.
|Uniforms consist of a forest
green polo shirt with khaki, blue
or black pants, shorts or a skirt.
|Jane's Montessori Academy has
two separate playgrounds and a
|Jane's Montessori Academy
serves as a neighborhood
paper recycling center. We also
recycle, aluminum, printer
cartridges, and clothing.
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"Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to
force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse
him to his innermost core."
~ Dr. Maria Montessori
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