THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF BOWLING GREEN, LLC provides a caring and loving learning environment for children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. The infant, toddler and primary programs are located in the beautiful, historic, Underwood-Jones Estate in downtown Bowling Green. Since its first opening in 2008, the programs have been growing steadily and now counts approximately 55 students.
The School was founded by Jenn Hewett, Lara Park and Benedicte Bossut. Jenn is an AMI certified Montessori Directress and is originally from Canada. Jenn decided to pursue a career in Montessori after working as an assistant at the K-W Montessori School in Waterloo, Ontario. Shortly after moving to Bowling Green, she and business partner Lara Park decided to open The Montessori School of Bowling Green in 2008. Lara, native of Kentucky, with a background in finance and administration, became interested in and passionate about the Montessori philosophy after researching its origins and pedagogy.
The mission of the Montessori School of Bowling Green is to provide a quality, child-based education guided by the philosophy, values and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. Our toddler and primary program lead guides have received training from the Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.), an association founded by Dr. Maria Montessori herself, which holds the purest respect for the Montessori philosophy. Our goal is to meet the needs of every child's cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development in an environment that encourages ethnic and cultural diversity while fostering a love of learning. We promote a strong responsibility toward peaceful humanity by encouraging respect for world diversity and care of our planet, earth!
The self-esteem, self-confidence, and inner direction of children who receive a Montessori education serves students well into their futures. It is our intent here, at MSBG, to build a strong, personal and academic foundation within each child propelling them into a bright future full of personal satisfaction, feelings of self-fulfillment, success in social encounters, and confidence in areas of challenge.
We strive to create a strong community between students, staff and parents. To accomplish this, we ask that parents stay active in the school and in their child's education through observation, conferencing, attending parent education evenings and volunteering. Our parents remain involved with the school through social events, fundraising, and parent education. Throughout the academic year, we organize functions for parent and family participation including: family picnics, a Derby Day celebration, coffee hour, and an annual Fall Festival. In addition, we encourage parents to study the Montessori philosophy in an effort to learn how they, too, can bring Montessori into the home. We offer parent education evenings throughout the year to specifically discuss how we implement the Montessori philosophy at school and we offer suggestions about how parents can apply the philosophy at home. Our parent library includes books, videos, magazines and flyers about the Montessori philosophy. This information is available for check -out. Our school also has a password protected Shutterfly site which is available to parents and family members. We use this site as a forum and to share the many photographs that we take of the children. We have found that this site offers wonderful insight into each child's day; the relationships that they form with other children and staff, the lessons that the children are working on as well as the routines and activities that the children follow each day while with us!
We open our classrooms for parent observations following an approximate 6 week transition period in all programs. Both potential parents and current parents are encouraged to observe the classroom. Observation is an important teaching tool in a Montessori classroom and is the most beneficial way for parents to understand their child's day. To schedule an observation, please contact our administrators at (270)846-1122 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional conferences can be scheduled with individual teachers at any time.