Soaring Wings International Montessori School was founded in 1987 and is dedicated to the basic tenet, established by Maria Montessori a century ago, that a child learns best within an environment that supports each individual’s unique process of development. At Soaring Wings we emphasize cognitive and physical development along with global awareness and peaceful conflict resolution.
The primary goal of our programs is to help each child achieve full potential in all areas of life. Activities promote the development of self-direction, self-esteem, social skills, emotional growth and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation.
Normally children begin school at Soaring Wings by age two or three. If a child has attended a day- care, preschool or another school, he may have developed behaviors and/or work habits which are not compatible with the Montessori approach to education; therefore, children over age three must visit with the teacher and spend a day in class before being admitted.
Montessori is a name that cannot be copyrighted, trademarked, or franchised. A true Montessori school is characterized by Montessori credentialed teachers, a full complement of specialized equipment and a peaceful, harmonious atmosphere. Soaring Wings offers a comprehensive curriculum that exceeds national standards in mathematics, social studies, science, literacy, practical life, sensorial, penmanship, fine arts, foreign language and healthy lifestyles.
Cultural Customs and Religious Beliefs
Our students study and learn to respect major cultures and religions; however, we do not espouse or promote any particular one. We celebrate Diwali, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas and Chinese New Year. We also routinely celebrate the beauty of human diversity.
Concrete learning is most enjoyable and effective; therefore, we take frequent field trips to enrich the classroom lessons. Toddler field trips are usually confined to the school grounds. Early Childhood field trips occur about once each month and may include visits to Wheeler Farm and Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City. Elementary and middle school field trips happen each week and may include walks to Main Street, hikes in the surrounding hills, visits to museums throughout the Salt Lake Valley, and even camping in Moab.
Snacks & Lunch
We are a sugar-free and nut-free school. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided and consist of crackers, fruits and vegetables. Students enrolled in the EC Plus, Elementary and Middle School Programs must bring a lunch. We study nutrition throughout the school year, helping children practice making healthy food choices. Please help your child to prepare his own lunch with our food rainbow in mind. A half sandwich, fruit and drink are plenty for most students. Whole, unprocessed foods are best. Please help your child avoid processed foods containing sugar, colorings and other additives, especially “Lunchables” and “Go-Gurts.” Candy, gum, soda pop, sugar and nuts are not allowed in school.
We would love to meet with you, give you a personal tour, and let you discover for yourself the unique learning environment that is Soaring Wings Montessori School. Contact us to schedule an appointment at your convenience: we look forward to meeting you!
Our friend Andrew Kutt, author, composer and founder of the Oneness Family School in Maryland, keeps in touch and comes often to our local Montessori gatherings lending his wisdom and talent. Since Montessori schools around the world vary in their affiliations and backgrounds, we have come to identify “authentic” qualities that we all strive for….Continue Reading...