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, director and lead guide at Helping Hands Montessori Services which opened it’s doors in 2008. HHMS is a Montessori based home-school serving ages 18 months to 3+ years.  In addition, Talitha is a Montessori consultant specializing in helping build a bridge from the home to school with her unique in-home consulting strategies. She also teaches workshops and is a life long learner. Ms. Talitha is a mother of 2 and married. She and her husband built a beautiful school house in the backyard.

Ms. Talitha was born and raised in Austin, Texas and attended Montessori school through age 9. She became an assistant Montessori teacher while still in high school and re-discovered her love for learning and the Montessori principles. She holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Education as well as  her Primary and Elementary Montessori degrees from the Association of Montessori International (AMI). She taught for 12 years, beginning in 1994, at the well-respected Parkside Community School in Austin, TX and received first-hand mentoring from Joe Bruno, the founder of Parkside.

Ms. Talitha completed her 200 hr yoga training from Yoga Illumined in 2012. She holds a certificate in prenatal yoga and is currently completing (completed by April 2018) her 2nd 200 hr yoga training from Breath for Change designed for educators by educators which focuses on yoga, wellness, social justice and SEL*F (social emotional learning and facilitation).

 

Pamela Jackson returns for her second year at HHMS. She is a mother of two and a lover of the Montessori Method. She is a natural with the children in the classroom and her gifts of patience, compassion, kindness, and communication shine through. Ms. Pamela’s son, Thurman Jackson jr. joined HHMS at 5 months old and is our youngest community member. It is a joy for the toddler children to witness the rapid growth of the infant and experience the opportunity of leadership and mentorship at such an early age.

 

Janie Furlow is new to HHMS this year. She moved to Austin in the late summer of 2017 after spending the past two years in Dallas. Ms. Janie is a Wyoming native, and has spent a good portion of her life in Colorado as well. She is married and has four children ranging in age from 12-18. Ms. Janie is a certified teacher with many years of classroom experience. She has a background in early childhood, some experience and a whole lot of love for the Montessori method!

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

2017-2018 (please note the changes made for next year  2018-19 below)

HHMS is a 2-day, 3-day, or 4-day/week program.  Tuition is paid annually or in 9 monthly installments- September through June. August is pro-rated.

Number of Days Annual 9 monthly installments
2 days/week $4050.00 $450.00
3 days/week $5625.00 $625.00
4 days/week $6750.00 $750.00

 

2018-2019

HHMS is a 2-day, 3-day (consecutive), 4-day (consecutive) or 5-day /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.

Number of Days Annual 10 monthly installments
2 days/week $5000.00 $500.00
3 days/week $6500.00 $650.00
4 days/week $8000.00 $800.00
5 days/week $9000.00 $900.00

*updated Jan. 2018

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019 (PDF)

 

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 bring on the first day. If you have any questions please contact Talitha.

HHMS Summer Camp info and waiver (PDF)

SUMMER CAMP 2018 JULY 9- AUGUST 2 2018. Monday-Thursday 9:00-1:00pm.

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.

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019

Enrollment Agreement

 

 

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Montessori in the Home Packages

PRICES & PACKAGES

Guiding you in setting up a prepared, in-home environment that will work cohesively with educational lessons your toddler is learning in school-life. The result will be your satisfaction as you observe your child growing rapidly in self-reliance and self-esteem. All parents at HHMS receive their first 90-minute consultation at no charge as a benefit for joining the HHMS community. Subsequent parent consultations are offered as desired on a sliding scale. Standard rate: One 90-min consultation @ $125.00

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  • Value – $110/consultation
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  • Three 90-min consultations
  • Value – $95/consultation
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  • Four 90-min consultations
  • Value – $75/consultation
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  • $25/30 min
  • available after initial home consultation 
  • SKYPE and PHONE
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  • $45/1.5 hrs
  • out of town clients 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.