Helping Hands Montessori Services

School

Dynamic and caring Montessori home school for toddlers serving 18 months to 3+ years.

In-Home Consultation

Specializing in “bringing Montessori to you” to bridge home and school.

Yoga

Offering custom classes for children, adults, and families.

Meet our Staff

WE ARE ALL HERE TO HELP YOU

Talitha Green M.Ed., is the founder of Helping Hands Montessori Services and Preschool (HHMS) which opened its doors in 2008. HHMS is a Montessori based home-school serving ages 18 months to 3+ years.  Talitha is also a Montessori consultant offering parenting workshops and specializing in training parents to bring Montessori approaches for child development from the school environment directly into the home.

A mother of two, Talitha built her current schoolhouse in her backyard and this gem is nestled just to the Southeast of downtown Austin. Talitha is truly a product of the Montessori method. She attended Montessori for her first six years as a child, is certified in the Montessori method of child development (Primary and Elementary certification from the Association of Montessori International (AMI), has twenty five years of experience as a teacher and was a lead Montessori teacher for ten years at the well-known Parkside Community School in Austin, Texas. Talitha holds a Masters degree in Education.

Be sure to call and schedule a tour and witness a little slice of magic in Austin. 512-784-1842

Janie Furlow, is in her second year as a guide at HHMS. A Wyoming native and mother of four, Janie is a certified teacher with many years of classroom experience. She was a Montessori assistant guide for two years and the director at an AMS preschool for another three years in Colorado before moving to Dallas and teaching in the public school system. Janie moved to Austin with her family in the late Summer of 2017 and found Helping Hands was a perfect fit for her. HHMS feels lucky to have acquired her professional services. We greatly appreciate her love for the Montessori method and are thrilled to have her on the team.

 

Cassandra Noboa is passionate about children advocacy and teaching. She finds great joy in creating a safe and diverse learning space. One where children are secure, nurtured and encouraged to become independent life long learners. She is a mother of two preschoolers, Orion and Ava and is married. Cassandra holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University in Interdisciplinary Studies with an additional focus to Early Childhood Education.  She was the Curriculum Director and a Preschool Co-Teacher for two years at Green Sprout Preschool here in Austin.  She has obtained several professional development courses where she is now certified to teach Positive Discipline Parenting Classes through Sound Discipline Association, Yoga for Children and Families through Rainbow Kid’s Yoga and holds a certificate in Foundations in Herbal Medicines under Austin Herbalist, Nicole Telkes. She is delighted about the opportunity to work at Helping Hands Montessori and is confident about the positive contribution she will bring.

Our Mission

WHAT'S OUR GOAL
Helping Hands Montessori Services is designed to aid children, parents, families and schools in building a bridge and easing the transition from the home-life to the school-life. This is accomplished by creating a loving, rich learning environment for children to thrive and grow to their fullest potential.
We would like the opportunity to extend the experience of Montessori in the home to your child as well. Generally, we offer our services to 18 months to 3 year olds and their parents. Private parent consultations are included in the benefits of the home school package.

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Our School Offerings, Admissions and Tuition

THINGS TO DO

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Flow of the Day:

  • 9:00-9:15- Arrival
  • 9:15-9:25- Circle- greeting, singing, sharing
  • 9:25-10:30- Work Period
  • 10:30-11:00- Potty, hand-washing, snack
  • 11:00-11:45- Outdoor play
  • 11:45-12:00- Hand-washing, cool down
  • 12:00-12:30-Lunch
  • 12:30-1245- Clean-up, Independent reading time
  • 12:45-12:55- Group reading
  • 12:55-1:00-Adios song and departure

Montessori Lessons

The child in a Montessori classroom has freedom of movement and can, for the most part, choose his or her own work. The guide aids the child in the lesson and then allows the child to work independently,  while observing the progress of child. Concentration and focus are key and the guide pays close attention to not interrupt this important part of the learning process.

Importance of Play

The Montessori environment offers the child myriad ways to engage the imagination. Through indoor and outdoor play the child can literally let their imagination run wild and be fully engaged in the world around them.
~ “Play is the work of the child.” Maria Montessori

Montessori Prepared Environment

Montessori Education is an internationally acclaimed system of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman physician in Italy. Montessori philosophy has been in existence for over 100 years. At its core, it is is designed to promote peace and considers the whole child as well as the environment in its approach.  A rich environment inspires interests and extends the child’s experience, widening her grasp of such things as music, art, history, geography, science, language, and math. Observations, over the years, of the child’s built-in curiosity and interest in all these areas of study and accomplishment, have taught us to focus on the preparation of the early environment and allow the child to choose and to teach herself. The adult’s challenge is to be sure that the environment offers all of the key experiences necessary for the laying of this foundation.

Social Learning

The child is engaged in social learning whether it is family time, independent play, peer-to-peer learning, or cooperative games but the real importance here is concentration. Concentration comes before play and is essential because it is the foundation for learning and lays the basis for development of the child’s character and subsequent social behavior. Many lessons in the Montessori classroom can be given as a group or individually and help aid the child in pro-social behaviors. The Grace and Courtesy lessons, as the name aptly describes, help the child control his/her body and move gracefully while giving them the courtesies of the social life, the “please” and “thank you’s” that denote distinguished manners.

Parents can create a Prepared Environment at home. A Prepared Environment not only includes the physical materials, it also encompasses the atmosphere and the rules that govern the environment (home or school). By adopting a Montessori philosophy at home parents can help their child develop and inspire the child’s intrinsic love of learning. This home prepared environment will help parents observe their child as they develop independence, self-esteem, mental cognition, physical and emotional faculties.

Parent Consults can work hand in glove with what the child is learning at school with Grace and Courtesy Lessons, which include but are not limited to, Care of Self, Care of the Environment, Saying “please and “thank you”, carrying things carefully and with concentration, rolling and unrolling a rug, and putting work away. All of the wonderful things your child learns in school can bridge the home life.

Attendance at Helping Hands Montessori School is not required to have consultations and a package rate is available for those who want to maximize the benefits of a Montessori prepared environment in the home.

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Tuition and Fees

2018-2019

HHMS is a 2-day or 4-day per week program from 9:00am-1:00pm.  Tuition is paid annually or in 10 monthly installments- September through May. August is paid in full in MAY of the previous school year. We offer a 5% sibling discount.

The first day of school for students is Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. The last day for students is Thursday, May 23, 2018.

Number of Days Annual 10 monthly installments
2 days/week $5000.00 $500.00
4 days/week $8000.00 $800.00

*updated SEPT. 2018

 

 

Enrollment: Amount
Waiting list application fee (Non-refundable) $75.00
New Student Enrollment fee (due with enrollment application and Non-refundable) $300.00
Returning Student Enrollment  fee (due with re-enrollment application and Non-refundable) $200.00
Annual  Supply fee for new and returning students (due in Aug or can be split in half due Aug and Jan and Non-refundable) $200.00

Please print out forms and email to me or bring on the first day along with final payment. If you have any questions please contact Talitha at 512-784-1842.

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SUMMER CAMP 2018

JULY 9, 2018- AUGUST 2, 2018.

Monday-Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm.

Enroll Today!

Admission to HHMS is a 4-step process:

1.Take a Tour
Contact us to find out the date of the next tour ( they should be able to click the contact us link and go straight to the page.

2. Love what you saw on your tour?
Schedule  a Meet and Greet with the teachers after school. All family members welcome. (by clicking the “schedule’ it should go directly to contact us page)

3. It’s a great fit! Accept a “waitlist” or “open” spot offered by HHMS Admin.

4. Your teacher will schedule a pre-visit for your child prior to the start of school.

 

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PRICES & PACKAGES

Services include but are not limited to working with parents to:

  1. enhance the home space to be more greatly aligned with best age-appropriate child development opportunities
  2. clear the path for a unified approach to child development practices within the home environment.
  3. increase the options for providing loving and simultaneously firm limits and boundaries.
  4. trouble shoot a wide variety of concerns from sleep training for infants to cell phone guidelines for youth.

All parents of HHMS students receive their first 90-minute consultation at no charge as a benefit for joining the HHMS community. Subsequent HHMS parent consultations are offered as desired on a sliding scale.

  • $150
  • ONE 90-min consultation
  • In-person or phone/facetime
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  • $250
  • TWO 90-min consultations
  • In-person or phone/facetime
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  • $75/hour
  • After initial consult 
  • SKYPE and PHONE  only
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Summer Camp 2018

Monday, July 9 – Thursday, August 3

9:00am-1:00pm

Summer camp registration is now open for current and former HHMS students and their siblings; serving ages two to six on a first-come-first-serve basis. Camp curriculum is designed to complement the Montessori classroom and the grace and courtesy lessons with additional games, arts and crafts projects, nature walks, special guests, and water day every Thursday!

Camp registration is for the entire 4 weeks. There is a $100.00 non-refundable deposit to secure a spot.  Spaces are limited; sign up now!

 

Summer Camp Dates: Tuition:
Monday, July 9 –  Thursday, August 3     $800.00

 

Summer Camp tuition is due JULY 1, 2018. You may pay half on June 1st and the other half on the first day of camp. Tuition must be paid-in-full by the first day of camp and is non-refundable at that time.

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Contact us at 512-784-1842 or by completing the form below. We look forward to hearing from you.