Welcome to Peace Arch Montessori

A Higher Level of Preschool Education

Education

We provide an intellectually stimulating, self-directed learning environment based on the proven and tested educational principles of Maria Montessori.

Montessori Preschool Education

Activities

Watch your child grow through a variety of social, sensory, language, and other enriching activites presented in the traditional Montessori Method.

Preschool Activities

Inspiration

See your child's self-confidence grow as they pursue their own artistic and intellectual passions in an inspiring educational & social environment.

Intellectual Inspiration

Introduction

WHAT MAKES US SPECIAL

Montessori Preschool Learning

Learning is key part of your child's preschool experience, and the skills they learn at Peace Arch Montessori help them grow & develop intellectually and give them a future advantage in elementary, high-school, college, and beyond. We provide a rich, diverse learning environment that allows your child to begin mastering the sensory, motor, social, and other modes of childhood learning, along with the alphabet, numbers, and other critical preschool skills.

Our learning programs follow Maria Montessori's model for preschool-aged children, taking into account the nature of the young, absorbent mind and provide intellectual stimulation in the key areas for each of the sensitive periods that preschool child go through during normal childhood development. In Montessori education, learning is largely self-directed, which fits well in a well-supervised, educationally enriched preschool environment by allowing your child to explore and learn.

Indoor and Outdoor Play

For children, play is learning too! We provide healthy indoor & outdoor playtime activities to help your child to continue their exploration of the world, satisfy their need for fresh air and physical activity, and help them to express themselves socially as they interact with others in our outdoor play area.

In the Montessori environment, self-directed learning and play go hand-in-hand, and at Peace Arch Montessori we make sure that your child is not only getting an educationally enriching preschool experience, but also has a safe, fun, and socially-rewarding environment to play with others as they grow.

Playtime helps children to relax, decompress, and experience rewarding social interactions with other children as they develop physical competency and get necessary exercise to help them stay in shape, stay healthy, and continue to learn and grow into successful, well-adjusted children.

Preschool Growth and Development

The early-years of your child's life are some of the most important to his or her growth and development, both intellectually as well as physically. Maria Montessori described this time as a series of "sensitive periods" during which grow happens rapidly, and your child effortlessly absorbs knowledge from the environment around them. As a parent, don't you want to make the most of these crucial growth years in your child's life?

Our montessori preschool curriculum recognizes the sensitive periods for child development, including the "acquisition of language", "interest in small objects", "order", "sensory refinement", and "social behavior" - and our educational program is designed to help your child grow in an environment that caters to their natural growth needs at each stage of development.

Children who are educated in a Montessori environment go on in life to achieve great things. The founder of Amazon.com, both founders of Google, and countless other achievers all began their education in a Montessori environment, which helped to prepare them with the skills for independent learning & problem solving required to excel in life.

Children who begin in a Montessori educational environment not only achieve more as adults - they also perform better on standardized tests, get higher grades, and achieve more honors when they eventually transition back into a traditional K-12 school or college environment. Montessori Education also provides children with a rich, diverse exposure to social interactions, so parents who have concerns about how their child will fare after they eventually outgrow Montessori education can rest assured that children are not only on-track, but in fact ahead of their peers in the traditional educational establishment.

Our Mission

WHAT'S OUR GOAL

The mission of Peace Arch Montessori, located in Blaine, WA, is to provide children with the highest quality Montessori preschool experience, while offering parents a local, affordable choice in the to the North Whatcom County area, including Blaine, Birch Bay, Lynden, and Custer. We believe that giving your child the best education possible shouldn't require a long, difficult commute to school or dealing with waiting-lists for enrollment, and we're doing our best to change that with a quality school that helps your child to blossom with a higher level of preschool education.

The Montessori method is a proven educational model based on principles of human learning and early childhood education developed nearly a century ago by Dr. Maria Montessori. Parents of children enrolled in Montessori schools swear by it, and the college performance of Montessori students stands as a testament to it's effectiveness. It best when children enroll in a Montessori program at a young age, while their minds are the most open. Simply put, children who begin Montessori education during preschool go on to perform better in grade school, college, and the workforce.

Meet Our Staff

WE'RE A FAMILY BUSINESS

Fawn Ventura

Fawn Ventura brings over a decade of experience to Peace Arch Montessori Preschool as the founder & visionary behind the school's program. Originally from Thailand, she came to the United States to study early childhood education, and brought with her a bachelor's degree in Social Services & Administration from Khon Kaen University in Thailand. Here, she is finishing her certification in Montessori Education from the "Age of Montessori" school started by Dr. Elizabeth Caspari - a Montessori Accredition Council approved program - which includes a self-directed internship period at Peace Arch Montessori Preschool.

Fawn loves children, and has over a decade of experience working with preschool-aged children in the United States and abroad. She strives to apply the principles of Maria Montessori to help engage children age 3 to 6 years old in the preschool learning process, and help them to achieve more learning than in the traditional Pre-K environment.

Bonnie Ventura brings over 30 years of experience in the arts to help enrich students at Peace Arch Montessori. Bonnie has a Master's Degree in Art Education from the State University of New York and works at the school to provide art education and enrichment to our students.

An artist and educator by trade, Bonnie's developed a comprehensive art program for Peace Arch Montessori that helps children get involved in a variety of creative & art projects that help them to develop self-confidence in creative endeavors, as well as an excitement and enthusiasm for the arts that lasts a lifetime.

Bonnie's personal interests include pottery and gardening, and other outdoor projects with fresh air, sunshine, and being a part of nature. This comes through in her creative projects, which involve found-art, modeling with clay, and tasks that help children become more coordinated and increase visual-spatial awareness.

Fawn's husband Tim helps out the business with bookkeeping, management, maintenance, and other tasks that allow Fawn & Bonnie stay focused on what matters most - providing the highest quality preschool Montessori environment for children in Blaine, Birch Bay, Custer, and the North Whatcom County area.

Tim has a bachelor's degree in business, and works for a national real estate education company - helping out with Peace Arch Montessori because it's a project he believes in. His background includes over 25 years in technology and marketing, with a strong background in science as well.

Tim's interest in the school was inspired by his own daughter's growth and success as a result of being enrolled in a Montessori education program, and the desire to see other children in this area have the opportunity to have the same opportunity for a higher level of preschool education.

Testimonials

WHAT PARENTS SAY ABOUT US

Enrollment

APPLY NOW FOR FALL 2014

We're currently accepting enrollment applications for children aged 3 to 6 in our Fall 2014 program, beginning this September. Please contact us using the form below to learn more about our programs, find out about tuition pricing, schedule a parent tour of our school, or request an enrollment application (a $25 application fee is required). If you're interested in having your child in a Montessori learning environment, please contact us to learn how Peace Arch Montessori can benefit your child. We're hosting an open-house on Thursday, September 4th - to attend, please call Fawn Ventura for details at (360) 656-6325.

We don't allow drop-ins, but we do have a number of available openings in our programs for students to attend part- and full-time, as well as extended-day enrollment for working parents with a busy schedule. We also do not currently accept DSHS students, and parents are required to provide their child with a lunch to bring to school with them on a daily basis. We do provide snacks, recess, breaks, and nap-time, if required for your child. Again, to learn more about the specifics of our programs, how it can help your child, use the contact form below to get in touch with us and learn more about our programs.

Contact Us

EMAIL OR CALL (360) 656-6325