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Little Ones Too provides a thoughtfully prepared Montessori environment designed to support the development of empowerment and independence. Carefully guided, as appropriate by their teacher, students choose their own works based on their curiosity, imagination, and level of interest.  The small group setting, with individualized care, is truly one of a kind.  Children who participate in this program, will have the opportunity to reach their highest social and academic potential while being cared for in a peaceful and beautiful environment.  We are currently serving children between the ages of 6 and 9 years old.  However, we will be able to enroll children between the ages of 3 years old and 9 years old starting September 2021! Current hours of operation are 8:00am-3:15pm. 

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The Montessori Experience

The Montessori approach to education gives children the freedom to explore and develop to their fullest potential while working with didactic materials, in groups and independently, within a prepared environment. Driven by a deep respect for the child, and their individual development, their teacher provides "freedom within limits" for the morning work cycle.

 

This environment provides thoughtfully prepared works designed to support the development of empowerment and independence.  As they master a concept, they are then offered the next level of that same material or work.

 

As a result, students become active, self-directed learners, independent thinkers, and self-confident decision-makers.

Snapdragon Children's House at Little Ones Montessori School in Schenectady, NY
Snapdragon Children's House at Little Ones Montessori School in Schenectady, NY
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The Montessori Curriculum

The Montessori curriculum goal is:

 

  • To enter into a partnership with

       parents in the education of their

       children

  • To encourage self-motivation and

       self-discipline that will lead to a life-

       long pursuit of knowledge

  • To lead children to master precisely identified intellectual, social, and physical skills

  • To help children develop a positive self-image as the key to the development of their full potential

  • To foster open minds, compassion, and respect for others

  • To balance self-reliance, independence, and responsible freedom with the skills of working cooperatively

  • To instill in each child a sense of duty and personal responsibility for the world in which we live

  • To spark imagination, wonder, humor, and joy in our children

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DAWN MCMAHON

Co-Head Teacher, Zinnia Lower Elementary

Dawn earned her New York State Master of Science in Education through the College of New Rochelle, NY, birth through second grade, and an American Montessori Society, New York (AMS/NY) Early Childhood Credential completed through the Center for Montessori Education, New York (CME/NY). In addition, for the past 15 years, she has contributed in the education environment as a volunteer as well as a professional in community-based organizations, and public as well as private school environments. Her passion for childhood education is rooted in her family's positive experience within a kind, safe, and gentle Montessori Children House in Delmar, NY, where her son graduated. In September 2019, Dawn served Little Ones Montessori School, and is honored to bring forward a collaborative lower elementary education experience focused on the pedagogy of the Montessori method and materials at Little Ones Too. She is described as a lifelong learner.

In her free time, Dawn likes games of all kinds as well as word puzzles. She embraces her yoga and meditation practice as well as "Game Night" with family and friends. She has also been known to organize for numerous organizations and individuals. Her current game of choice is Yahtzee.

ANGELA SICINA

Head Teacher, Lotus Children's House

Angela spent 7 years extending her education by studying at Keystone College to earn her dual Bachelor’s degree and teaching certification in Early Childhood and Special Education, Grand Canyon University to attain her Master’s degree in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education, and originally started by taking two years of core classes at The College of Saint Rose to learn about Speech Language Pathology. 

 

Angela has spent the last 3 years working as an Assistant Teacher at Malta Montessori, and has served children of all ages the past 9 years in various school and summer camp settings, in both assistant and leadership roles. Though it will be her first year leading in a Montessori school at Little Ones Too, nearly a decade of experience working in these environments, as well as a Children’s House credential obtained through the Center for Montessori Teacher Education | New York, has extensively prepared her for this new and exciting journey as a Lead Directress/Guide, where she plans to share her passion for Life, Love, and Learning with the children in her care.

She is extremely enthusiastic about the Montessori Movement, having attended the Homestead Montessori School when she was four and five years old, and thus being aware of the profound impact these enriching formative years of holistic education had on the beautiful progression of her life. Angela delights in reading about Consciousness, writing and speaking about Love, Empathy, and Existence as a whole, dancing, playing music, hiking, adventuring/traveling, making jewelry and inspirational decor, and meditating. She looks forward to serving those who cross her path!

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HOLLI FRAZIER

Co-Head Teacher, Zinnia Lower Elementary

Holli is excited to join the Little Ones Too team! She has worked as a lead elementary Montessori teacher for the last three years. While at her previous school, she had the privilege of directing the annual school production, bringing culinary experiences and science experiments into the learning environment, and taking her students on a variety of field trips in the Albany area. One of her favorite things in her Montessori journey has been working with culturally diverse children and families, as well as working with neuro-diverse children. 

 

Holli holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts (2009) and a M.A. in Human Services (2015) from Liberty University. She is completing her MACTE Lower and Upper Elementary Montessori credentials through Montessori Live (July 2022), while studying for her MFA in Creative Writing through Southern New Hampshire University (November 2023). Each of her educational experiences has had a positive impact on the Montessori learning environment she seeks to create. 

 

In her spare time, Holli loves spending time with her daughter, reading, baking, and being in nature. Her favorite quote from Dr. Montessori is, "One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child."

GENERAL HOMESCHOOL INFO

According to the New York State Education Department:

 

"Parents of, or persons in parental relation to, compulsory school age children have the legal right to instruct their children at home. If a child is being educated at home, the local school district must be assured that the child is receiving instruction in certain required courses/subjects.

 

Parents who wish to home school their children must provide written notice of intent to the school district superintendent. The school district must then respond to the family and provide a copy of the home instruction regulations as well as an individualized home instruction plan (IHIP) form to complete. Parents are responsible for identifying the curriculum materials that they will use to instruct their children in the required subject areas."

Part 100.10 of the regulations describes, in detail, everything in regards to home school requirements in NYS. Please visit http://www.nysed.gov/nonpublic-schools/home-instruction for more information. 

Homeschooling your child can be one of the most enjoyable, rewarding experiences you and your child ever have together! If you have any questions about the regulations or process, please do not hesitiate to send an email to inquire for tips or personal advice. 

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