At Sidewalk’s End Montessori we create an environment that allows your child to make the most of this sensitivity - a place that encourages the flowering of her natural gifts - allowing your child to observe and absorb the world around her. We believe strongly that children flourish in an atmosphere of love and respect, and it is our mission to create such a place.
As parents ourselves, we know you need to feel safe and secure in leaving your child in an environment that provides for all the academic, social and emotional opportunities she deserves. Sidewalk’s End Montessori meets all your child’s needs and inspires an “I can do it” attitude that will last long past preschool.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”
“I can do it myself!”
- Maria Montessori
- any 3-year old child you’ve encountered
This philosophy, shared by Dr. Montessori and every preschooler, drives the instructional strategy in a Montessori classroom. Children are shown how to do a work then allowed to do it themselves as often and for as long as they like. It is in this doing that children learn and grow and become independent beings, responsible for their own learning. This is the secret to developing life-long learners who are confident in their abilities.
Goals of the Montessori Classroom
Children at this age are in the process of developing four main traits due to the sensitive periods they are experiencing during this period of growth. It is the goal of the teachers to assist the child in this growth.
Watch this presentation (powerpoint or pdf) to learn more about these four traits and how you can support your child at home.
Newsletters & Articles
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Sidewalk’s End Montessori School was founded in 2010 by Lynne Casebeer and Grace Blea-Nunez, two long-term residents of Colorado Springs.
Ms. Casebeer is a Colorado-licensed teacher with endorsements in elementary and early childhood education. Ms. Casebeer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Colorado College and a Montessori Early Childhood credential from the American Montessori Society. She worked as part of a grassroots group of parents and teachers in District 11 who proposed and implemented the first public Montessori program in El Paso County. She has also served on District Accountability Committees in School District 11 and 20. In addition to her volunteer work with the schools, Ms. Casebeer served as the President of the Board of Directors for “Food for Thought Gatherings”, a nonprofit organization that worked to bring people with differing ideologies together to increase civil discourse. She also volunteers with Girl Scouts and her children’s summer league swim team. Ms. Casebeer has a background in Marketing and Human Resources as well. Ms. Casebeer serves as the Director of SEMS, as well as the head teacher.
Ms. Blea-Nunez is an attorney who specialized in intellectual property and general business law. She practiced law for 11 years in Palo Alto & Alameda, California and Boston, Massachusetts. In Palo Alto, she worked with numerous start-up companies assisting them in the formation and financing stages. She holds a degree in International Affairs from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a JD Degree from Stanford University Law School. Ms. Blea-Nunez believes strongly in the benefit of a Montessori education and has experienced Montessori schools with her four children in California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Colorado. She also served on the initial board of directors of the first public Montessori elementary school in Oregon and was involved in multiple capacities with the first public Montessori elementary school in El Paso County, including member of hiring committees, Building Accountability & Advisory Committee secretary, classroom assistant, and Volunteer Coordinator. After practicing law, Ms. Blea-Nunez has volunteered in all of her children’s schools (and many sports teams) as well and served as an active member of numerous community groups including but not limited to National Charity League, El Pomar Hispanic Advisory Council, Colorado Springs Children's Chorale Board of Directors and Girl Scouts. Ms. Blea-Nunez serves as administrator and teacher at Sidewalk's End.