Our Classrooms

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IMG 5154Michelle Blake - Lead Directress

Michelle joined Magnolia in 2016 as a Toddler Teacher.  Foremost, she has great love, compassion, patience, and respect for all children.  Michelle and her husband  have three creative children, who are proud Montessori alumni.  She is a certified Montessori Infant/Toddler Directress by the American Montessori Society.  Michelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Certificates in Education in Early Childhood, CPR certified and has a collected a wealth of experiences through professional careers in the corporate world and teaching.  She is delighted to be entering my fourth year as a Lead Toddler Directress of the Magnolia Blossoms classroom.

Classroom Overview
Blossoms classroom is a traditional Montessori mixed-age classroom environment, with student ages ranging from 18 months to 36 + months old. This mixed age environment provides structures that meet your child’s developmental needs at her/his unique stage of development. Each day, your child will learn in a child-centered, fun, curious, warm, safe, enriching and creative environment that nurtures the whole child. We are an experiential classroom, and your child will learn through direct and “hands on” experiences as your child interacts with the customized Magnolia Montessori Blossoms materials. Each element of the Blossoms classroom is prepared thoughtfully to meet the developing needs of your independent learners and the elements will grow with her/him.

This 18-36 + month age range is one in which your child will, at their own pace, learn voraciously, and perhaps more than any other single period in her life. We will diligently and creatively feed that appetite with concepts of art, music, mindfulness, yoga, food science, history, mathematics, language, botany, zoology, culture, nutrition and physical education. All of that learning, especially at this age when their minds are so open and fertile, will prepare them for learning traditional subjects like math and science. Your child will discover new friends, enjoy classroom pet fish and birds and gain independence and endless learning explorations. We look forward to learning from your child as well.