When dealing with children

there is greater need

for observing than of probing

The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind

The child becomes a person through work


2020 update

We are currently unable to reopen due to COVID.   Please check back with us regarding information for the Fall of 2021/2022. In the meantime, if you have any questions about our program, please send us an e-mail.

E-mail:  sandpipermontessoripreschool@gmail.com

Phone: 910-444-478

What makes us different?

Natural setting

We offer a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child’s sensitive years between the ages of three and five. Although highly organized, the child’s day is driven to explore his or her interests.

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Create an advantage

A child who acquires the basic skills of reading and arithmetic in this natural way has the advantage of beginning his/her love of learning.

Early enthusiasm of learning

By letting the child pursue their individual interests in a Montessori classroom the child gains an early enthusiasm for learning, which is key to becoming a truly educated person.

Respect for the whole child

Using Montessori principles to create a safe, nurturing environment where adults and children respect the unique qualities of each individual and encourage all children to learn and grow at their own pace.

Montessori vs. Traditional


  • Teacher has an unobtrusive role in classroom, acting as a guide in the learning process
  • Environment and method encourage self-discipline
  • Mainly individual instruction
  • Mixed age grouping, simulating a family-like environment
  • Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other
  • Child chooses own work that has been specially prepared for him/her
  • Child discovers own concepts from self teaching materials, often after a lesson has been presented
  • Child works as long as he wishes on chosen project
  • Child sets own learning pace
  • Child spots own errors from feedback of materials, which have a control of error and allow for self-correction
  • Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work and internal feelings of success
  • Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration
  • Organized program for learning care of self and environment
  • Child can work where he chooses, move around and talk at will (yet not disturb the work of others); group work is voluntary
  • Organized program for parents to understand the Montessori philosophy and participate in the learning process


  • Teacher is center of classroom acting as the leader in the learning process
  • Teacher is primary source of discipline
  • Group and individual instruction
  • Same age grouping
  • Most teaching is done by teacher
  • Curriculum is structured for the child
  • Child is guided to concepts by the teacher
  • Child is generally allotted specific time for work
  • Instructional pace is usually set by group norm
  • If work is corrected, errors are usually pointed out by the teacher
  • Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards
  • Fewer materials for sensory development
  • Less emphasis on self-care instruction
  • Child is usually assigned his/her own chair; encouraged to participate, sit still and listen during group sessions
  • Voluntary parent involvement

Sandpiper Montessori Preschool Goals:

to cultivate a child’s natural desire to learn
to cultivate an appreciation and respect
to allow the absorbent mind of the child to investigate and explore his/her surroundings at his/her own periods of interest and readiness