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"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."

     -- Maria Montessori

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Each day begins with a Montessori work time -- each child is assigned an optional community job, such as watering the plants, holding the door, washing windows, and operating the lights.

During the work period, children choose activities and receive lessons on materials from seven different areas:  language, math, science, geography, art, practical life and sensorial. The classroom is equipped with the traditional Montessori materials, as well as many extensions.

After work time, children gather for circle time where we do calendar, weather, songs, group games, puppets and much more!

Stepping Stones students learn the importance of taking care of each other, their school community, the Ithaca community, and planet Earth.    

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher ... is to be able to say, 'the children are now working as if I did not exist.'”

- Maria Montessori

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