We are closed only 4 days per year. Christmas, New Year’s, Thanksgiving and July 4th.
The Ford Academy does not charge you for the days we are closed.
Our three year old class and PreK classes take weekly curriculum based field trips.
Monday-Friday: 6:00am – 6:00pm
What is the Montessori philosophy?
Montessori is an approach to education with the fundamental belief that a child learns best within a social environment which supports and respects each individual’s unique development. It uses the whole child approach to learning. Montessori theory is based on these concepts:
-Children are respected as individuals who are different from one another.
-Children create themselves through purposeful activity.
-The most important learning occurs from birth to age six.
-Children are sensitive and have the mental ability to absorb and learn from the environment, which includes people as well as materials
What does a Montessori classroom look like?
Children are free to work at their individual pace with materials they choose. They can work independently or with others. The teacher makes observations and decides when to introduce new concepts or tools. This concept is to develop self-directed learning in a community setting.
The multi-age classrooms provide a family type of atmosphere where the more experienced children share their talents while reinforcing what they have learned.
Authentic Montessori teachers must be credentialed in the philosophy and methodology. The teacher acts as the role model, demonstrator, record keeper, observer and designer for the environment.
The classroom atmosphere will encourage social interaction for cooperative learning, peer teaching and emotional development. Montessori was the first to create child-sized tables and chairs for an environment to fit for children.
It is necessary to give children the possibility of developing according to the laws of nature, so that they can become strong, and, having become strong, can do even more than dared hope for them.
Description of Products/Services:
Infant Room: 6 weeks – 12 months
Toddlers: 12 months – 24 months
Preschool: 2 – 4 years old
Private Pre-K: Â 4 – 5 years old
GA Lottery Pre-K: 4 – 5 years old
2641 US Highway 17, Richmond Hill, GA
The Children’s Village will provide kind and loving care in a developmentally appropriate environment, along with a High Reach Curriculum that empower children to develop a positive self-image and a love of learning. The children at our facility will have a balance of child-initiated and teacher-facilitated activities every day. Every child will be treated individually.
We believe that the children learn through hands-on activities that address the needs of the whole child. All our learning experiences are linked to objectives that align with Georgia State standards and NAEYC standards. We will be using themes to introduce information and the children will learn through exploring and manipulating real objects and events.
Our goal is to prepare all our children with a good start to their education in a loving, nurturing environment. We also promote their independence and explore the use of everyday life skills.
Infant Program Children ages: 6 weeks to 1 year
Toddler Program Children ages: 1 and 2 years
Preschool and Pre-K Prep Program Children ages: 3 – 5 years
GA Lottery Pre-K Program Children ages: 4 years
Before and After School Care This service is available for all school-age children.
Summer Camp This service is available to all school-age children. Summer Camp begins the Monday after the Bryan County Schools are dismissed for the summer and run until the Friday before the Bryan County Schools open for Fall Semester.