Top Hat Montessori was founded by Susan Fletcher in 2012 to provide a high quality educational environment for children with working parents. As a single mother, Mrs. Fletcher wanted the quality of a Montessori education for her children, but struggled with the inconvenience of long school holidays, early closings, and other scheduling difficulties with a typical school calendar. Now that her children are grown, she is in the fortunate position to create the school she was looking for.
We start with excellent staff. All of our lead Montessori teachers have successfully completed certified Montessori training for the age group they teach. They also have at least ten years of experience. All of our assistants are Maryland certified teachers for their age group. We supplement these teachers and assistants with aides who are learning about early childhood education. This ensures that all the adults in each classroom understand and meet the specific needs of the children in their care.
Our curriculum exceeds the standard of developmentally appropriate care. Early childhood is a critical period of growth and development. Children grow and learn more during the first six years of life than at any other period. With such intense developmental needs, young children thrive when presented with challenging activities and a caring staff. You will be amazed at how happy and confident your child can be.
The classrooms are clean and bright. Materials are plentiful, and are arranged to be attractive to the children. Infants have soft surfaces to crawl on, and a range of developmental activities from overhead toys to encourage reaching, to balls to chase, and a pull-up bar and shelves to help learn to walk. Toddlers have room to move, activities to teach colors, counting, and lots of vocabulary, plus specially designed materials to build manual dexterity needed for later school activities. The Primary students have lots of beautiful materials in a range of skill areas to foster excitement for learning and exposure to a wide variety of knowledge. All classrooms have books appropriate for the age of the children in the class.
We have two large outdoor play areas. Our Toddler play yard is directly accessible from the classrooms, with climbing, sliding, pushing, and riding activities. The Primary playground includes a large climber that includes a tunnel, steps, and slides plus drums and bells. Additional space within this playground allows for basketball hoops, a sand box, and free play areas. When the weather is too wet or snowy for the playgrounds, the children go out for walks. In the summer, water play provides relief from the heat and a break from classwork.
We encourage you to come by for a tour to see for yourself!