About Ladybird Montessori
Ladybird Montessori was created by Niki and Justin Foster.
Niki is an accredited teacher in the State of Texas, who received her Bachelors degree in Applied Sociology, and received her Masters degree in Education from Texas State University in the Fall of 2013.
Niki has her certification from the American Montessori Society (AMS) in the 3-6 environment from the Houston Montessori Center, and was an Assistant Teacher at Mariposa Montessori School in Austin from 2007-2009. She worked at AISD as a Kindergarten teacher from 2009-2013 but decided that she wanted to return to the Montessori Philosophy because she truly believed and has a passion in it.
Justin earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Texas State University and then went on to
receive his Masters degree in Communication at Colorado State University.
Niki and Justin had a vision to bring the Montessori approach to Buda,TX because Montessori views the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. This approach values the human spirit and the development of the whole child— physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. (American Montessori Society)
This approach is what they want for their own children and wanted to create an environment where they knew their children would receive the best education.
For the future they plan to use the extra acreage surrounding the school to incorporate gardens, a chicken coop, and a rain water collection system to help teach the students at Ladybird Montessori about Permaculture in Central Texas.
About the Montessori Environment
Components necessary for a program to be considered authentically Montessori include multi-age groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity. In addition, a full complement of specially designed Montessori learning materials are meticulously arranged and available for use in an aesthetically pleasing environment.
The teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop himself, interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed.
Multi-age groupings are a hallmark of the Montessori Method: younger children learn from older children; older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. This arrangement also mirrors the real world, where individuals work and socialize with people of all ages and dispositions.
Dr. Montessori observed that children experience sensitive periods, or windows of opportunity, as they grow. As their students develop, Montessori teachers match appropriate lessons and materials to these sensitive periods when learning is most naturally absorbed and internalized.
In early childhood, Montessori students learn through sensory-motor activities, working with materials that develop their cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement. (American Montessori Society)