Welcome! Greenwood Montessori School is a private preschool and kindergarten in Warwick, Rhode Island. Here, your child will be immersed in a peaceful, innovative and educational environment that will challenge, intrigue and delight. At Greenwood Montessori School, all children are viewed as individuals and are exposed to meaningful learning experiences where they are allowed, with guidance from the teacher, to educate themselves at their own developmental level. Children in control of their own learning build confidence in themselves and are then willing and able to embrace life's opportunities and challenges and become successful in future endeavors. Greenwood Montessori School is located on beautiful, secluded grounds nestled in the woods surrounding Little Gorton's Pond in Warwick, Rhode Island. Our outdoor setting enjoys frequent "visits" from such creatures as deer, turtles, geese, turkeys and our "resident" blue heron - to name just a few! The indoor environment is equally inviting, designed and prepared with great care and enthusiasm by trained teachers, and offering a purposeful, safe, aesthetically-pleasing and enriched learning and social setting for young children.
The story began with a Mom who simply wanted to be with her child. While working as a secretary, away from her young daughter who was in a home day care, Miss Brenda was approached with an offer to run a Montessori school. Though having never heard of Maria Montessori or her method, she embraced the opportunity without hesitation, as she would have her daughter with her at the School. Twenty-plus years later, another child, Montessori training, a grandchild, the opening of a second school, and all-things Montessori now sealed in her soul, Miss Brenda could not be more grateful for that initial opportunity. To work in a field about which she is passionate, and to provide her children, grandchild and all the many more children who have come our way with such a wonderful early learning experience, is beyond rewarding. As they say, "It's a beautiful thing when a passion and a career come together."
Greenwood Montessori School is committed to nurturing the whole child, giving equal value to their social, emotional, academic and spiritual development, as they grow in age, wisdom and grace. It is a mission of the heart, equipping young children to become the best version of themselves, in all of these dimensions. We encourage an atmosphere of trust, kindness and respect and endeavor to nurture each child’s independence, love of learning and positive sense of self and others. Greenwood Montessori School is a non-denominational Christian community that aims to foster competent, responsible, adaptive citizens who are life-long learners and problem-solvers. In addition, we seek to help children gain an understanding of God, according to their curiosity and needs, and to see their important role both in the classroom and in the world. We do so through the use of books, activities and classroom conversation, with the understanding and acknowledgment of, and respect for, the diverse beliefs of the class as a whole. We welcome children of all racial, cultural, religious and economic backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of such in our admissions process. We believe in the importance of parental involvement in support of children’s development and learning and are, therefore, open to suggestions, new ideas and continual growth.
Greenwood Montessori School was established on the belief that children between birth and 6 years of age develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially at a rate that will never again be duplicated in their lifetime. Once these precious years have passed, so has an enormous potential for learning. Our educational philosophy is based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952), an Italian physician and educator, who saw the early years of life as crucial to the future growth and development of the individual. In her writings, Dr. Montessori frequently compared the young mind to a sponge, literally absorbing information from their environment. A central tenant of our philosophy is that "all children belong." We believe that diversity is to be valued and that every child is entitled to respect, dignity, equal rights under the law and opportunities for fulfillment within our School and the community. Through teamwork, parent/teacher collaboration, co-planning, relevant professional development and the use of community resources, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment for children with special needs and/or disabilities.
Enjoy your journey here, where you will learn more about this unique educational experience. Of course, we invite you to call 401.739.1191 to schedule a visit and further discover what makes our Montessori school so special.