Our Classrooms

The Early Childhood 2 Room

Screen Shot 2019 08 23 at 7.32.02 AMDipali Bhanushali - Lead Directress

Dipali joined Magnolia in 2019. Dipali earned her bachelor’s degree in Science from Nagpur University in India. She also holds a Montessori Primary certification from the Association of Montessori Internationale and certification in Psychology and Counseling and Business Management from India. Dipali started her teaching career thirteen years ago in a Montessori School in Ithaca, New York. She was inspired to pursue the Montessori training by observing children being independent and taking ownership of their learning in a Montessori classroom. Her daily experience of allowing children to develop at their own pace, complete tasks and master activities independently in a Montessori prepared environment, confirms her faith in Montessori Method. She firmly believes that these aspects of the Montessori experience are the foundation for the child as a lifelong learner. She also believes that children are very kind and have a natural desire for independence and that the parents and teachers can encourage and give them rich environment for their development. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, painting, reading and spending time with her family.

Classroom Overview
Welcome to the Early Childhood 2 classroom! We strive for children to have an academically enriched atmosphere that takes place in a well-ordered environment. The wisely selected materials are carefully prepared and are intended to help the children develop their sense of independence, identity, concentration, self-motivation, and a genuine love of learning. The children during these years will hone in on refining their social skills and one example of how we teach them empathy and compassion is through the use of the “peace rose” that is used as a problem-solving technique among peers during disagreements. This example, along with many other approaches, model for the children ways to assert themselves socially and establish ties with peers while problem solving effectively through communication. True to Montessori philosophy and the “cosmic approach” (teaching the children about the whole concept and working towards the smaller parts), the children will learn everything about the world around them down to the street they live on. Other lessons and activities that are given are skills in reading, writing, language expression through drawing, writing, mathematics, geography, nature studies, science, practical life, sensorial, social skills, art, music, fitness, and Spanish.