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Fostering Independence & Curiosity in Children Since the ‘70s

November 9, 2017

We at The Suzuki School believe that learning begins at birth; that every day is an opportunity for children to explore and engage. This belief is at the core of everything we do, and it’s the reason why we employ a comprehensive, authentic approach to the Montessori Method — child-centered education for those who are naturally eager for knowledge and capable of self-directed learning.

But Suzuki isn’t like other Montessori schools. We care about your child’s development as much as you do and recognize that the first years are the most critical for growth. That’s why we focus on whole child development from birth to kindergarten in thoughtfully-prepared and supportive learning environments.

Dedicated to Growing Minds

Our educational approach allows children to work and learn at their own pace; it promotes independence and curiosity in growing minds. Students select their own activities and take their time mastering skills one by one. This is our intentional way of empowering children to take ownership and responsibility for their tasks, creating an effective and supportive learning environment.

We recognize the potential in our students and believe in their ability to exceed expectations and thrive on their own. Our child-directed learning methods exercise the child’s curiosity and critical thinking skills. What may initially appear as “play time” or “unguided activity” is actually independent, self-guided learning taking place — with a trained, watchful eye, of course.

Our teachers are fully trained on this approach and understand their role in guiding children in their development, and encouraging curiosity and self-directed activity. They know when to step in and help, but they also know when to step back and let them figure it out for themselves.

Dedicated to Developing Potential

To help children realize and grow their potential, they need access to the tools and environment around them. Maria Montessori believed that through coordination of the hands, a child can master their environment.

This is an idea Suzuki fully stands behind. We encourage hands-on learning, and keep all materials and tools at child-level to encourage interaction with the environment, to support engagement, to establish self-regulation.

The classroom makeup is influential, too. While large classes, with children of different ages, might seem unconventional, they actually help children socialize and navigate situations they normally wouldn’t be exposed in smaller classroom settings.

Whole Child Learning in the Heart of Atlanta

Suzuki’s unique approach to early childhood education is unmatched in Atlanta. We’re located in the Northside, Buckhead and Ponce neighborhoods, and have been directly influential in the development of children in the city since the ‘70s.

We’re also recognized by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Pan American Montessori Society (PAMS).

Simply put, Suzuki is dedicated to children’s social, emotional and academic success — and always will be. For more information about our approach to early childhood education, or to schedule a tour, contact us today.

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