Smithville Montessori Academy II
Teaching creative thinking for life-long learning
Smithville Montessori Academy II is committed to providing an enriching, yet challenging, educational environment where each student is encouraged to grow to his or her fullest potential academically, emotionally, physically, socially,and morally.
We strive to create an environment that inspires children to develop inner discipline, self-assurance and a love for learning. Our respect for the uniqueness of each child helps to develop lifelong skills during periods of their greatest readiness and sensitivity.
We also help parents work toward these same goals at home to empower teachers and staff to remain focused on the mission.
Emphasis is placed on the appointment of the environment, which includes a variety of mobiles, light reflecting prisms, textural objects, pleasing sounds and age appropriate Montessori materials.
• 5 Day Program
6 weeks – 14 months
The infant Montessori Community is designed to meet the developmental needs of babies six weeks to 14 months. The Infancy Directress maintains flexibility in the daily routine to meet the diverse needs of the very young child. The infant classroom is a safe nurturing space encompassing all areas of infant care, including movement, sleeping, feeding, outdoor exploration, and cognitive and social experiences.
14 months – 2 years
Our transition consists of children ages approximately 14 months to 2 years of age. The classroom helps our young children strengthen their gross motor skills while preparing them to enter a classroom with a more structured routine. During these months the children prepare to move from complete adult dependency to the independence of working on everyday life skills in our Pre-Primary community.
Here children discover the true joy of learning through sensory exploration, Montessori exercises, motor skill refinement, music, art and social interactions, which prepare your child for the Pre-Primary and Primary classrooms. Their schedule consists of balancing work time, outside time, snack, rest and play.
• 5 Day Program
Here children discover the true joy of learning through sensory exploration, Montessori exercises, motor skill refinement, music art and social interactions, which prepare your child for the Primary years. Under the direction of their Montessori Guide, your child will follow a relaxed schedule balancing work time, outside time, snack, rest and play.
• 5 Day Program
2 years – 3 years
Our Pre-Primary community consists of children ages 2 years to 3 years. Our Pre-Primary classroom creates a sense of community where children at an early age learn to help others and be helped in return. During these years the children move from complete adult dependency to the independence of the preschool years
3 years – 6 years
Smithville Montessori Academy II’s primary classroom offers a 3-year Montessori curriculum where children will become more independent. Working in a beautiful, engaging environment, your child benefits from individualized lessons tailored to meet their academic and developmental needs. Our multi-age classes create a supportive family atmosphere where children work independently or in small groups and provides opportunities for older children to learn to help with younger children.
The activities provided aid in development of coordination, concentration, order and independence. Our classroom materials are manipulative and engage the child in exploration and study of numbers, phonetics, writing and reading skills. The classroom offers a variety of cultural subjects such as; history, science, geography and art.
- 5 Day Program
- 3 Day Program
Montessori children learn from lessons with love and satisfy their hunger for knowledge, this improves their self-esteem. Traditional learning is standard and the children will learn as it’s mandatory. The above said differences are very basic ones to decide which one is different. I strongly recommend Montessori should be the only concept for early education of a child.
Our classroom materials are manipulative and engage the child in exploration and study of numbers, phonetics, writing and reading skills. The classroom offers a variety of cultural subjects such as; history, science, geography and art.
- 5 Day Program
- 3 Day Program
Smithville Montessori Academy II’s kindergarten program is an environment in which the child will learn on his/her own. In regular schools the lessons will be tutored by the teacher at her own pace. The child has to memorize the lessons and write tests without knowing if he/she got the point.
Our program allows the child to learn things at his/her own pace while at the regular school, the lessons needs to be completed at a particular time frame.
In Montessori, the teacher is a guide who’ll support on 1-on-1 basis, whereas in a traditional schools the teacher had to go ahead with the lessons on the same pace with all the students. In this case, the teacher will not be sure if all the students had understood the lesson fully.
6 -12 years
Smithville Montessori Academy II offers a before and after school program to children ages 6 through 12 years. Children that attend the Smithville public schools will be transported by SMA to Maple and Eagle Heights. Horizon Elementary students will be picked up and dropped off by the public school bus system.
During the summer months, SMA II offers a full time summer program where the children go on field trips, enjoy outdoor time and work on crafts, science experiements and many other activities.
Program and Offerings
- Before/After School
our Management team
My name is Robin Galloway and I started SMA Montessori School with a desire to provide children with an opportunity to experience and learn through the Montessori Method of teaching. I hold two accredited Montessori Certifications with AMS (American Montessori Society) and MEPI (Montessori Educational Programs International). I have worked with all ages of children from infant through school age and have thrived to further my education as a Master of Social Work completing to become a licensed therapist (LMSW) and I’m currently working towards my clinical license (LCSW). I have lived in Smithville and started Smithville Montessori Academy and love working with children and families. I’m surrounded by a fantastic team of teachers and we work tirelessly to ensure each child thrives with Montessori education. I have three children, ages 17, 21 and 23 and my two older children are actively involved with the school behind the scenes. I reside in Kansas City, MO, but I’m committed to supporting the community of Smithville both through my school and through outreach by donating time and resources to those in need.
Miss Cindy is the Director and Lead Primary Teacher at SMA II. She received her Montessori certification in 2015 from NAMC and has been with SMA II since 2013.
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