GROWING CURIOSITY IS A NEWLY OPENING MONTESSORI PROGRAM (ages 2.5-6*), LOCATED IN NORTH CENTRAL AUSTIN’S HIGHLAND NEIGHBORHOOD, CONVENIENTLY LOCATED BETWEEN IH-35 AND NORTH LAMAR, JUST SOUTH OF 183.**
At Growing Curiosity, children have ownership and responsibility for helping to care for the school gardens, equipment, classroom, and of course, to care for one another.
Upon arriving, children will have the opportunity to connect with friends and with Breana in the outdoors, running and exploring our large backyard play space, and work together to ready their school environment for a day of learning and fun. Arrival time is flexible, from 8:00 am to 8:45. Playground time extends until around 9:00, and the morning Montessori classroom time runs from 9 to 12 am. The children eat lunch together under our shaded outdoor space, and then nap inside.
We offer three options for enrollment in our 3 day a week program (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays). Full-time children’s drop-off is 8 am and pick-up time is at 3 pm (see here for tuition information). We also offer a part-time program from 8 am -12:30 pm. Our third option is an hourly enrollment program, based on available slots. Booking and payment for this hourly program are available online. The hourly program is available Tuesday – Thursday, 8 am – 3 pm.
The academic portion of the Montessori curriculum prepares children for later school and life in a multitude of ways. Every activity has underlying goals to support children in the development of motor skills, and plant the seeds for the development of mathematics and language learning, as well as scientific discovery. The classroom is full of opportunities for children to hone an appreciation for art, music, and movement, as well as build a foundation in Spanish. We believe that exposure to other languages and cultures is essential to the development of the child, and feel fortunate that Growing Curiosity’s permanent home (currently under construction) is located in one of Austin’s most diverse neighborhoods.
Growing Curiosity has adopted an anti-bias educational approach with age-appropriate opportunities for children to learn about caring and respect for people who are similar to and different from themselves. This curriculum includes reading books about children from many cultures, family structures, and socio-economic backgrounds. Family members are encouraged to come and share aspects of their lives with the children and take part in open discussions, and members of our community will be invited to do the same. By meeting many people who are similar and different to themselves, and having opportunities for open discussion, children can become critically aware of biases that exist in our culture and learn more about being supportive of themselves and of others.
Outdoor play consists of gardening, art, games to develop directionality, observation skills, and an overall focus on appreciation for nature and science. Much of the child’s time will be spent in self-directed play, with opportunities for water play, building with loose parts, painting, and sand play, as well as play on more traditional playground equipment.
*We serve children 2.5 – 6, but do ask that children be comfortable in underwear, and have some success using the toilet before they enroll. This does not mean that they don’t have “accidents”, but rather that they have some practice and at least some success on the toilet.
**Our permanent home will be at 9000 Georgian Drive in the Georgian Acres Neighborhood, just a mile north of our current location.