Red Oak Montessori School, established in 1998, is located in Franklin, NH and currently serves families from several surrounding communities. We are a non-profit preschool and kindergarten educating children ages 2.9 to 6 years old. Red Oak offers an extended day program in order to assist families who need care beyond the typical school day. New next year, Red Oak is offering an extended day kindergarten program to children who attend local public schools and have a desire for an afternoon kindergarten program as well. Please contact our school if you are interested in learning more about what we have to offer.
At Red Oak, we follow the tried and true philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. We believe that each child has an intrinsic desire to learn. Our prepared environment encourages children to explore, create and feel pride in all that they do. Children are free to work independently, cooperatively or with a teacher as they see fit. Our goal is to foster caring, thoughtful self-directed learners. The heart of our school follows in Dr. Montessori’s words: “Help me do it, by myself”.
To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.
My experiments, conducted in many different countries, have not been going on for forty years (ed. now eighty-five years), and as the children grew up parents kept asking me to extend my methods to the later ages. We then found that individual activity is the one factor that stimulates and produces development, and that this is not more true for the little ones of preschool age than it is for the junior, middle, and upper school children.
“Ours was a house for children, rather than a real school. We had prepared a place for children where a diffused culture could be assimilated, without any need for direct instruction…Yet these children learned to read and write before they were five, and no one had given them any lessons. At that time it seemed miraculous that children of four and a half should be able to write, and that they should have learned without the feeling of having been taught.
We puzzled over it for a long time. Only after repeated experiments did we conclude with certainty that all children are endowed with this capacity to ’absorb’ culture. If this be true – we then argued – if culture can be acquired without effort, let us provide the children with other elements of culture. And then we saw them ’absorb’ far more than reading and writing: botany, zoology, mathematics, geography, and all with the same ease, spontaneously and without getting tired.
And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being. It is not acquired by listening to words, but in virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for cultural activity in a special environment made for the child.”
Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
Red Oak is a traditional Montessori program. Our staff is committed to the Montessori philosophy. At Red Oak we believe that each child is an individual and should be treated as such. We take the time to learn about each child and prepare work for the classroom with each of the individual children in mind. This prepared environment allows the students to make choices. These choices allow the child the freedom they need to learn, grow and meet each of their individual developmental stages.
The children who attend Red Oak Montessori are encouraged to teach, collaborate and help each other. The teacher’s role is guided yet unobtrusive so that the child actively participates in his/her learning. Mixed age groups give the child room to grow as his/her interests lead from one level of complexity to another. Grouping children ages 3-6 together permits the younger children a graded series of models for imitation, and the older students an opportunity to reinforce their own knowledge by helping the younger students.
Red Oak Montessori was founded in 1998 by the Miller family. The school was an addition to a farmhouse that had been added to their home in Sanbornton, NH. The school operated out of the 1800’s farmhouse for three years, until the growing enrollment was more than the one room addition could hold. The current location at 241 Sanborn Street was purchased in the summer of 2001. Our students come from Tilton, Northfield, Sanbornton, Franklin, Danbury, Andover, Bristol and surrounding communities to attend the wonderful program at Red Oak.
Red Oak is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.