About Our School
Did You Know?
Jeff Bezos (founder of amazon.com) and Larry Page & Sergey Brin (cofounders of google.com) attended a Montessori school. They credited their years as Montessori students as a major factor behind their success.
Blooming Minds Montessori will provide a safe, nurturing , and stimulating environment where children will be educated through enriching activities that prepare, embrace, and promote learning. Our preschool will help your child achieve their learning potential, while enabling their mind to bloom with socialization, knowledge, creativity, imagination, and the necessary skills needed for the foundation and success in future years of schooling.
Blooming Minds Montessori approaches education from the premise that children thrive when they become the lead participant in their acquisition of knowledge. When children are allowed to explore they become interested, when they are interested they become engaged, and when they are engaged the true learning happens.
Fueled by their inner desire to discover, they become active participants in their education and they take themselves further then any teacher could take them alone. Engaged children are self-motivated, happy, joyful, excited, curious, capable, responsible, independent, confident children who learn that learning is fun and develop the skills to become life-long learners.
As educators, we are here to provide a rich environment and to guide each child through this environment along his or her unique path of exploration, interest, engagement, discovery and self-development.
Blooming Minds primary goal is to prepare each child for all walks of life. We provide interactive environments in which hands-on exploration engages the mind; interactive environments where learning becomes a process of self-motivated curiosity and discovery; interactive environments where children cultivate a lifelong love of learning along with the higher-cognitive brain functions critical for advanced problem solving and lifetime success.
Cultural Customs & Religious Beliefs
Our students (toddlers and early childhood) study and learn to respect major cultures and religions, however, we do not promote any particular one. We will recognize and celebrate different holidays throughout the school year.
Snacks & Lunch
Blooming Minds Montessori will provide a morning and afternoon snack. These snacks will consist of crackers, pretzels, fruits, vegetables, etc. If your child is enrolled in a Before or After School Enrichment Program there will be a snack offered then as well. Families will be expected to provide their child with a lunch everyday.
We study nutrition throughout the school year, helping children practice making healthy food choices. Please help your child to prepare his/her own lunch with healthy food choices in mind. Please note that we do have a refrigerator and microwave available for your child’s lunch.
Dr. Montessori observed that as museums and cathedrals are designed for contemplation and inspiration, so should schools be designed as temples of learning. Every classroom features classical art, music, plants, animals, and beautiful materials.
The entire Montessori learning environment is designed to be supportive of the child. Teachers, classrooms and equipment are carefully selected and prepared to provide a learning environment that is fully equipped and beautifully presented.
The Montessori classroom contains a wide variety of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials which facilitate the learning of skills and lead to an understanding of abstract concepts. Materials are arranged in graduating order so children can see their progress as they master each task.
The Sprouts: 6 Weeks – 12 Months
Blooming Minds infant program is for children ages 6 weeks-12 months. In our Sprouts class, we strive to foster the development of basic trust.
Teachers assist in the natural development of personality, based on unique needs and wants, they respond appropriately to the infant’s needs to be loved, respected, and accepted.
We believe that nurturing infants through their senses is very important to the infant so we allow them to observe and move freely while still offering them the holding and feeding comfort they need.
We have created a special routine that we maintain everyday so that the infant feels secure in their environment yet we stay flexible to an infants’ daily need. We pride ourselves in developing a stronger sense of self, self-confidence and independence in infants to start preparing them for our next program.
The Sunshines: 12 Months to 24 Months
The Raindrops: 2-3 Years
Our toddler community provides an environment that is carefully prepared to meet the unique needs of this age group. In each setting, the children come to feel that the classroom is their own peaceful, special space where they play a meaningful role in their own care and the care of their environment. All furniture is a size that allows maximum independence, and the Montessori toddler materials are designed to be attractive and inviting to the children.
The primary goal of our toddler communities is to create a nurturing and secure environment where young children can do what they do best – explore everything! The main focus is language and motor development, assisting the child in developing self-help skills (including toilet-training), and helping children build trust in relationships.
The entire environment is designed to allow the children to explore and to develop concentration and coordination. The teachers observe the children each day and monitor their development and readiness. Social interaction, language skills, independence, food preparation, outdoor play, music and movement activities are integral to the Montessori toddler experience.
Early Childhood Community
The Bumblebees: 3-4 Years
Our Bumblebee Program begins to really dive into the Early Childhood Montessori philosophy- it is a great prerequisite for our Early Childhood Blossom program.
The environment is carefully prepared to facilitate exploration and discovery. We have practical life, math, language, science, art, and geography works available for children to explore during work time. Practical life activities include washing hands, wiping tables, pouring water, grasping with tongs, and many others.
Phonic awareness is important for children in this program- they learn how to break apart a word by sounds before they even begin to recognize the written symbols. Once a child recognizes that sounds make up words, the child learns to associate the letters with sounds. For math, children begin to recognize numerical symbols, and they begin to associate quantities with the symbols. Toilet training is also a huge focus for our Bees!
The Blossoms: 4-6 Years
The Blossom Program allows the child to focus upon ordering their environment and to become familiar with academic concepts through concrete manipulation. A love of learning results which prepares the child for a lifetime of education.
Maria Montessori called this period, from age 3-6, the Absorbent Mind. The Early Childhood classroom is divided into several different areas (Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Cultural, Art, and Science) and within these areas, the exercises are logically organized from simple ideas to the complex, and from concrete to the abstract.
Each area has hands-on materials which are geometrically shaped, simply designed, aesthetic, and suitable for small hands. Interaction with these high-quality materials, rewards the child with a range of sensorial experiences. Our language arts focus includes phonemic awareness with letter boxes and objects to attract and retain children’s interest.
Our Pink reading program emphasizes reading and writing words at progressive levels to help children blend syllables and practice writing them. Math is introduced with a variety of concrete materials—all designed to build children’s conceptual awareness. Social studies and science are arranged in integrated thematic units that are rotated monthly- these thematic units include language arts, math, and art curriculum.
Children also participate in movement activities such as dance & yoga daily, which are part of the BMM emphasis on the whole child.
Kindergarten: Must be 5 by September 1, 2021
The Early childhood Montessori program is designed as a three-year cycle. The third year, or Montessori kindergarten year, is when all the learning that has taken place in the previous two years reaches fruition and a child’s knowledge begins to fall into place. Your child will be challenged to reach his/her potential by his/her Montessori teacher who knows your child incredibly well and so can provide precisely what is needed next. Children build upon what they have learned, experience rapid academic and social growth and their skill level dramatically increases when they are given the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge within the Montessori classroom. Third year students are ready to explode into more complex learning and discovery and they delve into a wealth of new and interesting materials. They are guided to take on more and more complex work, begin to learn time management skills and have an increased set of expectations and privileges in the classroom. These older children also reinforce their academic skills by helping another child, a well-documented way to consolidate knowledge.
Your child has been unconsciously looking forward to being one of the “big kids” in the classroom so when he/she is put into a school where the kindergartners are looked down upon as being in the “baby class” his/her cycle of maturing is interrupted. It is especially unfortunate for a child who is a younger sibling at home to miss this opportunity to shine. This year of leadership gives a child immeasurable self-esteem and intellectual confidence.
A key advantage of staying at our school for the Kindergarten year is that your child’s teacher already knows your child very well so no time is lost at the beginning of the year trying to assess him/her. The gift of this third year can never be taken away and it sets up a child for future academic and social success.
Lynda was born and raised in Salt Lake City , Utah, where she began her teaching career. She has always had a passion for teaching young children, and has worked with children her whole life. From a 4th/5th grade title one teacher, to her own children, to her grandchildren, she has developed a great love for children. When working with them, she loves to watch them grow, from their first step to the first sentence they learn to read, she has a special talent working with them. She also has enjoyed spending a lot of time volunteering for her church, working with boy scout’s, young women’s, and activity days. She discovered how wonderful the Montessori method is when she saw her grandson achieve academic excellence while enrolled at a Montessori school. She believes Montessori is a excellent way of teaching young minds because of the hands-on, real life experiences children receive through Montessori.
In her spare time she likes to read, play scrabble, and spend time at her cabin. She is thrilled to be apart of Blooming Minds Montessori and can’t wait to see young minds blossom. Lynda and her grandmother founded the school in October of 2013.
Maegan was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from Cyprus High School, where she was on the Drill Team, and Dance Company. She graduated from Montessori Teacher Education Center in San Francisco with her American Montessori Society Associates credential with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education in June 2013.
Maegan has always loved working with children, and believes she has a special bond with them. She loves to watch children grow, and see how they develop. She believes that the Montessori way of educating children is one of the best programs there is. Maegan thinks that children need to develop independence, and be able to explore their worlds hands-on.
Maegan has worked with preschool aged children for almost 9 years, and has loved every minute of it. In her space time she enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, listening to music, and doing anything outdoors. Her dream has always been to open her own preschool, and Blooming Minds Montessori has made her dream a reality. Maegan and her grandmother founded BMM in October 2013.
Jessie was born and raised in Magna, Utah. She graduated from Cyprus High School, where she was on the Drill Team. She then attended College of Eastern Utah where she was a cheerleader and excellent student. She transferred to Southern Utah University where she again was a cheerleader and excelled in her classes.
Jessie found her love for teaching children while working at Dancing Moose Montessori for 2 years. She was an assistant teacher in a toddler classroom and fell in love with being a Montessori Teacher. She was then trained by Maegan for 6 months, this taught her the ins and outs of the Montessori Method and that fostering children’s independence at a young age is crucial.
Jessie has a great talent of working with children. She has vision of giving back to the community by teaching young children. Jessie’s whole world is her sweet daughter Kate, who takes up most of her free time. She also enjoys shopping, going to concerts, and being with her family. Blooming Minds is very excited to have her on our team. She joined us when the school opened in October 2013.
Ms. Cami was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated with a Generals AS Degree from Dixie State University. Camille has explored many careers in her life- she was a Cosmetologist for 22 years, she worked in the ER at the University of Utah, and previous to Blooming Minds she worked as a substitute teacher at Dancing Moose Montessori School.
Her experience as a substitute really opened her eyes to how much she loves working with children. She grasped onto the Montessori concept quickly, she especially fell in love with the Independence concept in the Montessori philosophy.
She is fun, energetic, and isn’t scared to get right down to the child’s level and play with them. She has a great passion for animals and has 2 “fur babies” (Sunny & Gracie) and 2 parrots (Lily & Kyle). In her free time, she loves to travel, shop, go on bike rides, and be with family and friends. She started at BMM as a substitute in January of 2015, worked as a co-teacher for a year and a half, and is now BMM’s Business Operations Manager.
Ms. Morgan is 23 years old and was born and raised in American Fork, Utah. She graduated from Lehi High school in 2014. She worked as a CNA in a special needs home, where she realized she wanted a career where she was always caring for. As she began to look for somewhere she could learn and grow in that type of field, she found BMM and has just blossomed.
Morgan married her her best friend in the spring of 2018. Morgan and her husband absolutely love spending time outside, they do any outdoor activity from hiking to jet skiing on the lake.
Morgan began working at BMM in August of 2016 and absolutely fell in love with the school. She is very passionate about learning and quickly found a passion for helping kids learn. She thinks it is so fun watching little ones grow and she is so happy to be a part of children’s lives! Morgan is a very happy, spunky, and dedicated to BMM. We are so lucky to have her on our administrative team.
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Megan fostered a love for the outdoors and the peaceful environment found there. She also enjoys traveling and discovering new places. Megan likes to read and has also found a new hobby in cooking.
She loves spending time with her family and feels that sharing the things they enjoy is key to maintaining their family bonds.
Megan is a bright and upbeat personality who seeks out happiness and new ways to grow. Megan found her passion for working with young children in high school when she worked in the preschool program. The opportunity to strengthen and grow that love for teaching came while in college, when she met her now husband and started a family of her own. Working in customer service positions and enjoying the early childhood of her own three children she decided to put her experience to work and began teaching preschool.
Megan was quick to share the love for life and the world around them that all children have. Almost 8 years of teaching experience in various schools and positions has provided Megan with patience and a sincere love for teaching. Megan comes to Blooming Minds Montessori highly recommended by students, parents and previous colleagues.
She believes Blooming Minds Montessori School offers the opportunity to teach in a loving environment where the child’s desire and natural ability to discover and grow is encouraged and built upon. She is excited to be working within the Montessori teaching method and is looking forward to sharing her skills and becoming a strong team member within the school. This summer Megan attended the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College where she did an intensive course on Montessori Early Childhood education. She graduated with her Associates credential in Montessori in June of 2018. She joined the BMM team in March 2015.
Ms. Betty is originally from Chile, from a tourist city located by the Pacific Ocean called Vina del Mar. She started teaching early in her life, and for many reasons found herself teaching again and again. She was discovering her path in life, and was enjoying the teaching vocation. Several years later she came to United States to pursue one of her dreams, to learn English and experience the American culture.
She fell in love with Utah! She began working as a Nanny while learning the mysteries of the English language a couple years later she started her own family. After a few years of raising her two amazing kids, she decided to start working with children again. She had several great experiences within the educational system to build upon when she began looking for opportunities to learn more about child development. She never imagined how complex and extraordinary the available resources are. She wanted to prepare and educate herself to start teaching Preschool. To start, she earned her Credential certification in Child Development Associate for Infant and Toddler, after a year she discovered that her heart is in the Preschool classroom, so she then earned her Credential for Preschool, and now is ready to teach and guide children though their learning development. Betty believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, physically, and socially. It is her desire as an educator to help children meet their fullest potential by providing the best of herself, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of her goals as an educator is to inculcate a love of learning through working with children and being aware of their individual needs. She intends to always to be the best that she can be.
In her free time, Betty loves to go on trips, discovering new hikes, and lakes etc. She loves photography, and is looking for opportunities to improve and do more with her photography. She also loves to cook and learn new recipes, while listening to my favorite songs…yes! And humming songs in the car with my teenagers She like to decorate, dance, watch movies, and have family and friends over. She also loves to take her dog, Coco, for walks and enjoy time with him. Betty joined us in November of 2019 & has been a wonderful addition to our team.
Ms. Kaitlin is 21 years old and was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She moved to Tennessee right after she was born until she was about four years old, then moved back to Utah and has lived in South Jordan ever since. She attended Herriman High School, and then later transferred to Copper Hills High School where she graduated from in June of 2017. In her free time Kaitlin loves spending time with friends and family, reading, and loves to go camping and spend time outdoors.
Kaitlin’s love for children started when she became a nanny in 2015. After being a nanny she knew that she wanted to continue working with kids in a more fast paced and productive surrounding. She then starting working at Blooming Minds Montessori and absolutely loves it! Being around children is one of her favorite things. She started at BMM in January 2019.
Tia is 18 years old. She graduated at Hunter High School earlier this Spring with the class of 2020. She loves meeting new people, seeing new places and having a good time wherever she goes. Some of her hobbies include writing, acting, and dancing. Tia was born in Nebraska, and lived there for only 2 years before her birth parents moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where her and two other siblings were later adopted. If counting biological and non, she has 8 siblings total!
Tia has always kept a special place in her heart for children. Coming from the Christmas box house and many foster homes, she knew the importance of making sure a child felt loved, their voices and ideas mattered, and that they are capable of so much.
Being the fun and outgoing person she is, Tia is SO excited to be working at BMM! She just started this August 2020 and can’t wait to learn and be creative with all the children she has the opportunity to teach!!
Daisy is 23 years old and was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She graduated from Herriman High school in 2015 and moved down south to attend Dixie State University. After receiving her general Associates degree and CNA, Daisy moved back home to attend the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics. She graduated and decided to chase her childhood dreams and became a professional NBA dancer for the Utah Jazz.
She found her passion of caring for children very young. Growing up, she was the oldest child of 5. She has explored many careers and keep finding herself back working with children, and honestly wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. She absolutely adores them. Daisy got married in the Spring of 2019, and she and her husband were blessed to have their baby boy this year. He is the sweetest little thing and is their entire world.
Daisy is very outgoing, loving, caring and energetic! She loves watching children be creative and use their imagination. She strongly believes in the Montessori way of learning because it’s so crucial to establish independence in a young mind. She’s very thankful to have found BMM and is excited to be teaching the Daisies this school year.
Ms. Julianna was born and raised in Utah. From her earliest days she has loved children, even when she herself was a child. As a toddler in a little gym program she would leave the fun and games to greet and play with babies or younger children that entered the area. When her preschool teacher left the room for a moment, she would take it upon herself to begin reading to the rest of the children in her class. She extends her friendship to all, wanting to make sure no one feels excluded. Nannying for her cousins has been a favorite job. She attended Riverton High school and has been active in choir through her years also touring with the choir which included Cadence and A Capella. She also works at a local pet store. She has been active in sports, especially soccer. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her pets; 2 Siamese cats and her German Shepherd dog Schultz. She is active in her Church, earned her Young Women in Excellence award and enjoys Institute classes. She was thrilled to begin an internship at BMM in August 2019 and later join the staff. She loves the children and is delighted by every smile and opportunity to help them learn and grow.
Ms. Bailey is 21 years old and was born and raised in West Jordan Utah. She attended Copper Hills High School where she graduated in June of 2017. She is currently enrolled in nursing school at Ameritech. In her free time, Bailey loves to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys traveling and going to new places.
Bailey has always loved kids, she has been working with kids since about the age of 12 and has loved every moment of it. Bailey knew from a young age that she wanted to work with kids as a career, so as a nurse, she will still want to continue working with kids in a setting such as BMM. Being around kids is her absolute favorite thing & she enjoys subbing at Blooming Minds so much to get her “kid time”in. She joined us in December 2019. Bailey has always loved kids, she has been working with kids since about the age of 12 and has loved every moment of it. Bailey knew from a young age that she wanted to work with kids as a career, so as a nurse, she will still want to continue working with kids in a setting such as BMM. Being around kids is her absolute favorite thing & she enjoys subbing at Blooming Minds so much to get her “kid time”in. She joined us in December 2019. ym program she would leave the fun and games to greet and play with babies or younger children that entered the area. When her preschool teacher left the room for a moment, she would take it upon herself to begin reading to the rest of the children in her class. She extends her friendship to all, wanting to make sure no one feels excluded. Nannying for her cousins has been a favorite job. She attended Riverton High school and has been active in choir through her years also touring with the choir which included Cadence and A Capella. She also works at a local pet store. She has been active in sports, especially soccer. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her pets; 2 Siamese cats and her German Shepherd dog Schultz. She is active in her Church, earned her Young Women in Excellence award and enjoys Institute classes. She was thrilled to begin an internship at BMM in August 2019 and later join the staff. She loves the children and is delighted by every smile and opportunity to help them learn and grow.
What is Montessori?
The Montessori education system is based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori. She was the first woman to graduate as a doctor of medicine in Italy at the turn of the century.
She began working with poor children, establishing a school, or “Casa de Bambini”, which provided a child-oriented environment in which the children worked on specific skills such as buttoning, sweeping, reading and math. This class of underprivileged children soon exceeded the goals for children in the traditional schools.
The Montessori Method today is world-wide and very much the same as it was 100 years ago.
Is Montessori education religious in nature?
We honor the spirituality of the child at BMM but do not espouse any particular religious belief. As a school we celebrate human diversity and incorporate traditions from many different cultures and religions into our classroom studies.
What schedules do you offer?
You can choose 2, 3, or 5 days per week- you can choose which days as long as we have those days available. Please check out our Tuition section for more info.
What is your tuition?
Do you offer a ½ day or part time hour’s option?
No. Our only part time option is part time days. All students attend, at the minimum 8:30am-3:30pm.
Do you have a waiting list?
Yes, we have an active waiting list. If you would like to be added to the list, you can just call and request to be added. We will call the list as spots become available. At re-enrollment time, we will call the individuals on our waiting list before opening enrollment to the public. Please call to find out what spots we currently have available.
How can children learn if they're free to do whatever they want?
Dr. Montessori observed that children are more motivated to learn when working on something of their own choosing. A Montessori student may choose his focus of learning on any given day, but his decision is limited by the materials and activities—in each area of the curriculum—that his teacher has prepared and presented to him.
Is Montessori a franchise?
Since “Montessori” is a person’s name it cannot be copyrighted. Anyone is free to use the name whether or not their program includes Montessori techniques, equipment or certified staff.
The test of a true Montessori school includes asking for American Montessori Society (AMS), International Montessori Council (IMC) or Association Montessori International (AMI) relations for staff members and for the school as a whole.
Parents should be welcome to observe classes and will notice a happy, harmonious atmosphere, respect of teachers for children, respect of children for teachers, and a full complement of well-cared for, authentic Montessori materials in each class.
What is the role of the teacher in a Montessori classroom?
The teacher’s role is to control the environment, not the children. The teacher prepares the materials and demonstrates how to use them
What are your hours of operation?
We are open M-F 7am-6pm. Our academic school day runs from 8:30am to 3:30pm. We offer before-care starting at 7:00am and after-care until 6:00pm, at an additional cost.
What ages do you accept?
6 weeks to Kindergarten.
What are the advantages of attending school four or five days per week?
1. Consistency is important to a young child. Between 3 and 5 years of age the child is just beginning to grasp the concept of time; today, tomorrow and yesterday. In order to ensure a smooth transition and normalization period the child needs to attend school consistently so there is no confusion each morning as to whether this is a “school day” or not.
We find this is important to toddlers as well as consistency is huge in a toddler’s world.
2. Our comprehensive curriculum covers a different topic each day of the week. This curriculum is designed to begin with the most basic concepts at the start of the school year and slowly build on each of them, integrating each subject into the rest of the classroom so that the child can discover how each is interrelated.
For instance, at Thanksgiving we combine Monday’s lessons on art with Tuesday’s lessons on seasons and the Thanksgiving Timeline, Wednesday’s study of North America, the original inhabitants and endemic species, Thursday’s literature including stories about Native Americans, Pilgrims, and North American plants and animals and Friday’s study of Botany which includes parts of the plant and which edible plants will be included in our Thanksgiving Feast.
If a child has missed only Tuesdays and Thursdays, she has missed a huge portion of this lesson.
3. Our teaching methods are based on the concept of allowing the child plenty of time to practice each skill.In Early Childhood we have found that if a student is attending sporadically his academic, social, and emotional progress will be sporadic as well.
4. Each day the entire class is introduced to new lessons, participates in community roles, such as caring for the pets and updating the calendar, and listens to announcements, often told in storyteller fashion about upcoming events.
The class assumes a family like closeness with each member relying upon the others to perform their role, and all working together toward a common goal such as putting on a play or planning a party. A child who is frequently absent often feels left out.
What are your student to teacher ratios?
We are state licensed and follow the state recommendations:
Blossoms/Kindergarten: 3 teachers to 29 students
Bumblebees: 2 teachers to 20 students (1 part time aid)
Raindrops: 2 teachers to 14 students (1 part time aid)
Sunshines: 2 teachers to 8 students (1 part time aid)
Sprouts: 2 teachers to 8 students (1 part time aid)
Do Montessori teachers follow a curriculum?
Montessori schools teach the same basic skills as traditional schools, and offer a rigorous academic program. Most of the subject areas are familiar—such as math, science, history, geography, and language—but they are presented through an integrated approach that brings separate strands of the curriculum together.
While studying a map of Africa, for example, students may explore the art, history, and inventions of several African nations. This may lead them to examine ancient Egypt, including hieroglyphs and their place in the history of writing. The study of the pyramids, of course, is a natural bridge to geometry.
This approach to curriculum shows the interrelatedness of all things. It also allows students to become thoroughly immersed in a topic—and to give their curiosity full rein.